Search Results: "Elliot S. Maggin"


BOOK REVIEW

KINGDOM COME by Elliot S. Maggin
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 26, 1998

"Still, if it induces even a handful of readers to switch from comics to books with lots of words, it will have done its job."
Based on a popular 1996 DC Comics series by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, and now novelized by Maggin, author of two previous Superman novels: a sort of Twilight of the Superheroes, with the expected action painstakingly, and painfully, eked out with psychologizing, religion, and meaningless flourishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLIOT by Julie Pearson
by Julie Pearson, illustrated by Manon Gauthier, translated by Erin Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2016

"A needed but problematic offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A heartfelt picture book attempts to address the stories of foster children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S. by J.J. Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Beguiling. For fans of mysteries, postmodern fiction and fine bookmaking: a book that makes demands of its reader, but that amply entertains in return."
A delightful, endlessly unfolding fiction that is meta beyond meta, a sort of Da Vinci Code for smart people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S. by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISS-S-S-S! by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a disappointing lack of emotion and humor, the story feels less like a boy's adventure with his first pet and more like a manual on how to (and how not to) care for a pet snake. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Ophidiophobes beware! Readers who aren't genuine snake lovers will likely find it difficult to sink their fangs into this tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLIOT ALLAGASH by Simon Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"A high-school romp that John Hughes should be so lucky to direct."
Two outsiders from opposite sides of the tracks join forces to survive that most heinous of limbos: high school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INVENTING ELLIOT by Graham Gardner
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"References throughout to Orwell's 1984 add depth and keep readers thinking of the principles at stake when those with power abuse it. (Fiction. YA)"
Gardner serves up a suspenseful tale of a bullying victim who manages a transformation, not into safety, but into the kingdom of the bullies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, FALL FRIENDS by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A yummy, happy resolution—perfectly delectable to the preschool crowd. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Elliot (a small, white pachyderm with pastel polka dots) and his bestie, Mouse, need a respite from the big city's grating sounds, slightly sickening smells, and frenetic pace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This feels far more like a parable for adults than a picture book for children, who may also miss the elegance of the New York City images in their dark, soft palette. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The big city is clearly New York, but it's a grayed and sepia city sometime in the late 1940s, judging from the cars and clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SMILE FOR ELLIOT by Maya  Sarfati
by Maya Sarfati, illustrated by Maya Sarfati, developed by Touchoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2012

"This DIY book isn't half bad, but the price tag is sure to snatch a few smiles. (iPad storybook app. 18 mos.-5)"
A sweet but bland story about the imaginings of a boy and his koala bear. Read full book review >