Search Results: "Ella Boyd"


BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, BICYCLE by Ella Boyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Give this one a pass in favor of a book that doesn't give kids a false sense of confidence that will be severely scratched (along with some knees) with their first real exposure to a two-wheeler. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl says goodbye to her tricycle and learns to ride a two-wheeler in this rather misleading debut from Boyd. Read full book review >

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SWEET DREAMS, WILLY by Lizi Boyd
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1992

"An appealing bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After Willy's indulgent parents finally put him to bed, he imagines who might still be awake: a bird that carries him through the air; a deer that gives him an apple; fish; the wind. Read full book review >

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Blackberry Women by Ella Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2007

"A well-intentioned but unpolished novel of a family's bleak existence in the rural South."
A historical novel from Williams (Strength to Carry On, 1998) that tells a story of the lives and struggles of an African-American farming family in the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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IT STARTED WITH A KISS by Ella Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"In fact, the happy and chaotic family life that takes place around the edges of the love story is what makes this novel so delightful. A fun read."
A foolish duke is too proud to tell his beloved about his problems and almost loses her as a result. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Young ones will enjoy the superficially silly rhyme, but don't let them miss the nonsense of the original. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The host to a set of feathered and furry friends in his garden is supplanted by the female Lulu Crow in this retelling of Johnny Crow's Garden (1903), with full-color gouache paintings to replace the original droll pen-and-ink line drawings by Leslie Brooke. Read full book review >

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THE BRICK LAYER by Noah Boyd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Highly formulaic—the Rube Goldberg plot makes Jeffery Deaver's twisty thrillers seem models of realism—but irresistible red meat for connoisseurs of action thrillers."
Pseudonymous Boyd makes a blistering debut with the tale of a disgraced former agent who rescues the FBI from a murderous extortionist. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS by William Boyd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Fine entertainment, and even finer as a thoughtful exploration of the intersections of different people in a modern metropolis."
Whitbread Award winner Boyd (Bamboo, 2007, etc.) employs thriller conventions to propel an intelligent, polished novel distinguished by full-bodied characterizations and understated social commentary. Read full book review >

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BAMBOO by William Boyd
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The essays on art and artists are distinctive and interesting; everything else is pretty generic."
Essays and reviews by Whitbread Award-winning Boyd (Restless, 2006, etc.) showcase an itinerant sensibility and imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATHEDRAL OF THE WILD by Boyd Varty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"He's no Isak Dinesen, but Varty writes for a stirring cause."
Scion of a South African wildlife preserve recounts somewhat canned yet poignant memories of growing up in the wild. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARMADILLO by William Boyd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1998

"A harsh, witty, resonant novel, and an impressive work."
A mingling of financial high jinks and social satire by one of the most restlessly inventive of contemporary British novelists. Read full book review >

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FASCINATION by William Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2005

"Thin stuff overall, though. One wonders whether most of these were ideas for unwritten novels."
Fourteen stories in a third collection from the acclaimed British author (Any Human Heart, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BAKE A BOOK by Ella Burfoot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"As the trend of picture books praising the codex continues, few will match the light tone, originality and quirkiness of this one. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Clever text and mixed-media artwork use the procedure of baking a cake as an obvious, comical metaphor for the process of creating a book. Read full book review >