Search Results: "E.L. Konigsburg"


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AMY ELIZABETH EXPLORES BLOOMINGDALE'S by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Understated, witty, and right on target; creatively extended in the author's perceptive, warmly colorful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amy Elizabeth is visiting Grandma in New York; each day, Grandma plans to take her to "Bloomie's," but there's always something else they should do first: walk the dog, visit Chinatown to get green tea, go to a laundromat, or share lox and bagels and the Sunday Times. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL TODD'S BOOK OF GREAT COLORS by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

"A useful, mildly provocative concept book."
In her first picture book, the author of the longest-titled Newbery Award and Newbery Honor books (both 1967) puts a cheerful new spin on a tried, and-true topic. Read full book review >

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THROWING SHADOWS by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Aug. 14, 1979

"All the stories are more rounded and sprinkled with anecdote than what is usually called didactic in children's fiction, yet all the characters—and their stories—are so reduced to those final moments of truth or virtue shining forth that the experience is a mild and managed one."
Throwing shadows, kindling flames: each of the five innocuous short stories included here ends in a sort of character-defining gesture or understanding. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"There may be a run on the Metropolitan (a map is provided); there will surely be a run on the book."
Elaine Konigsburg's first sharp bite of suburban life, Jennifer, He- cate, Macbeth...(131, J-43) was a dilly; this one's a dandy—just as fast and fresh and funny, but less spoofing, more penetrating. Read full book review >

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SILENT TO THE BONE by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"What starts out as an intriguing plot turns predictable, but Konigsburg's characters and the textures of their relationships are fascinating and worth every minute spent with them. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The small New York town in which Konigsburg offered a View From Saturday (1996, Newbery Medal) is again the setting for a series of rich and subtle studies in friendship and family. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND MRS. GIOCONDA by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Sept. 10, 1975

"At this civilized midcult level Konigsburg is successful, mixing palatable art history with mildly ingenious conjecture, and she probably should not be faulted for not having a Salai of her own."
Around a few entries in Leonardo's notebooks Konigsburg constructs the character of his young apprentice Salai and fabricates an answer to two questions. Read full book review >

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UP FROM JERICHO TEL by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: March 1, 1986

"The story is told with a light touch but contains some substance as well—a good exploration of aspirations to and attainment of fame."
In Konigsburg's novel, her two talented child protagonists, Jeanmarie and Malcolm, learn the three requirements for fame in a sometimes whimsical, sometimes mysterious tale. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 10, 1974

"Presumably, now she won't have to spend her energies flirting with ghetto dragons—though Konigsburg seems unaware to the end that Edie's caper (it used to be called slumming) is as distasteful as her all-round aid to Andy is deflating."
An eleven-year-old aspiring detective seeking a sidekick who will "yes, boss" him takes up with a lonely young housewife in his upper-income suburb, and even if you can credit a kid like Andy being so interested in Edie Yakots' self-preoccupied prattle and her frequent references to "Harry—that's my husband" that he visits her daily after school, you still might question how many others his age will want to read about her. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS EDGE OF THE HEROIC WORLD by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Quirky, wandering, sometimes unbelievable, it nevertheless takes firm root in the reader's mind, training their eye to watch for stories that need discovering. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Sixth-grader Amedeo Kaplan (son of now-divorced Jake Kaplan and Loretta Bevilaqua, and godson of Peter Vanderwaal, from Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, 2004) becomes intrigued with his neighbor Mrs. Zender, a flamboyant recluse. Read full book review >

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T-BACKS, T-SHIRTS, COAT, AND SUIT by E.L. Konigsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Offbeat, comic, thought-provoking: a top-notch author at full strength. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Zack, manager of a fleet of lunch vans, urges his crew to wear T-backs ("a bathing suit that covered as little as it left to the imagination"), Chloa's aunt Bernadette is the one holdout. Read full book review >

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A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINIVER by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Sept. 7, 1973

"Having chosen to retain 67 of her years through eternity Eleanor looks back on a full life without regrets; much of the credit for her salvation must go to Konigsberg's diffuse but energetic delight in words — a quality so rare in juvenile literature that even Henry's arrival on the arms of Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln can be forgiven."
This begins with Eleanor of Acquitaine in heaven waiting for the arrival of her second husband, and thus has two strikes against it from the start: it is yet another Plantagenet family chronicle and tries to wrest humor from human bitchiness transplanted into a wholly mundane celestial kingdom. Read full book review >

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(GEORGE) by E.L. Konigsburg
illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg
Released: Oct. 20, 1970

"In current fiction, a boy with a problem seldom has it so good."
Parentheses because George is Ben's concentric twin, his loudmouthed inner voice, or, as Mrs. Konigsburg puts it in a nutshell. . . Read full book review >