Search Results: "Douglas Skeggs"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRIUMPH OF BACCHUS by Douglas Skeggs
Released: Sept. 6, 1993

"Art-crimes specialist Skeggs (The Talinin Madonna, 1992, etc.) is at his best describing how to forge an Old Master, and on less sure footing with derring-do in back alleys, etc. Tom and his irascible artist pal Scobie, however, are great fun to watch at work."
Of all the people queuing up to see Titian's Triumph of Bacchus—now on loan to the Royal Academy and insured by Trevelayan's insurance syndicate—none were more respectful of it than the men who lifted it, then demanded five million pounds' worth of uncut diamonds for its return. Read full book review >

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THE TALININ MADONNA by Douglas Skeggs
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"Routine but plausible art-world palaver, and about average derring- do from second-novelist Skeggs (The Estuary Pilgrim, 1990)."
When a Russian ÇmigrÇ spots a treasure from the Hermitage storerooms on display in a London art gallery, he complains to lawyer Pip Spencer, then dies shortly thereafter on steep subway steps. Read full book review >

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THE PHOENIX OF PRAGUE by Douglas Skeggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"Nevertheless, Skeggs shows a nice line in weary Adam Hall- ish disillusionment before the inevitable round of betrayals and fatalities sets in."
The blokes at MI6, wondering where unassuming Prague dealer Pavel Pesanek got the Rembrandt he sold for $30 million, have dispatched Czech-born agent Jan Capek to ask him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Glorious. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Stunning mixed-media illustrations accompany a series of poems that celebrate the wonder and mystery of space. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PIG IS BIG by Douglas Florian
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Not Florian's best effort, but a good conversation-starter with a young child about comparative size. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"What's big?" asks a pleasant pink pig as he compares himself to cows, cars, trucks, streets, the neighborhood, the city, and the earth, and finally to the universe, which "makes everything seem small." Read full book review >

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AN AUTO MECHANIC by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Adequate but slight. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
In Florian's ``How We Work'' series, a somewhat stronger entry than A Carpenter (p. 254). Read full book review >

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UNBEELIEVABLES by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Florian shines again here. ('BEEbliography,' websites for further inquiry) (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Florian (Poetrees, 2010, etc.) bestows yet another pleasing mix of punny poems and colorful collages that blend whimsy and fact. Read full book review >

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POEM RUNS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A lighthearted reminder of why we love the game. (Picture book/ poetry. 6-9)"
Warm up and get in training for a full season of baseball poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOTHESAURUS by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Children fixated on explicit gore may be left unmoved, but to everyone else this will be a dino-delight—especially when read aloud. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
In the fine tradition of Jack Prelutsky's Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, illustrated by Arnold Lobel (1988), a set of dinophile-pleasing verses penned by a poet with a rare knack for wordplay and silly rhymes finds apt visual setting fronting playful images of monsters rearing up from extinction to grin toothily at young viewers. Read full book review >

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ZOO’S WHO by Douglas Florian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"For gales of laughter, read the poems aloud; for chuckles of amusement, linger over the pictures—either way, Florian demonstrates as well as any writer or artist ever has the simple joys of playing with language and imagery. (Poetry. 6-10)"
"A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes. / It fills it with seven / Or eight if it wishes. / It always finds dishes / Of fishes delicious. / A puffin loves stuffin' / Its bill full of fishes." Read full book review >