Search Results: "Extra Special Kids"


BOOK REVIEW

ZANNY by Pamela Sloane-Bradbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 2010

"Aimed at children with spectrum disorders, but likely to miss that audience—or any other. (iPad therapeutic app. 5-7)"
A hyperbolic portrait of a lad who operates only at top speed is paired to a bug-ridden recognition game. Read full book review >

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EXTRA! EXTRA! by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Read full book review >

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SPECIAL by Bella Bathurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2003

"As fiction, utterly devastating; as psychology, grim and apocalyptic: a ripped-bare portrait of the evil that children can do."
A band of young girls embarks on a Lord of the Flies-esque trip to the country. Read full book review >

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KIDS by Catherine Anholt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"(Picture book. 3-7)"
In spritely verse and lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations, an exuberant survey of kids' diversity: ``Slow kids, quick kids, healthy kids, sick kids/Smooth kids, hairy kids, cute kids, scary kids.'' The contents of a typical pocket; a count-down of kids hiding (``...six in a box,/Five behind curtains, four behind clocks...''); what nasty kids are like (``They tell you lies, they spoil your games''), and nice ones (``They make you laugh, they hold your hand'')—with the same tots pictured for both; things kids make and do; fears, secrets, dreams, and wishes: an imaginative compilation with a dozen characters to follow from scene to scene and dozens of entertaining details to discover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EXTRA by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Yehoshua's masterful portrayal of a female musician at a pivotal moment in her life is deep, unpredictable, and, in the end, surprisingly suspenseful."
Noga, an Israeli harpist based in the Dutch city of Arnhem, confronts hidden truths about herself during a visit to Jerusalem following the death of her loving father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHIN' EXTRA by Patty Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Occasional clichÇs and repetitions detract from what could have been a wholly successful debut."
A first novel with all arrows pointing to predictability offers, instead, a few surprisingly fresh looks at the consequences of an adulterous affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 21, 2013

"Clegg accomplishes the impressive feat of persuading readers that ESP might exist, while delivering a delightfully astute examination of the current evidence, which remains frustratingly feeble."
Prolific British science writer Clegg (Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives, 2012) takes ESP seriously but resists the temptation to add to the prolific genre that appeals to enthusiasts ("Of course, there are charlatans, BUT…"). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A quiet story of sharing with no strings attached. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl in a town of white snow and soot-blackened chimneys opens a small box and discovers a never-ending gift of colorful yarn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 5, 2011

"Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text."
Expanding on his New Yorker article exposing fraud in the olive oil industry, Mueller considers the trade's past, present, and future. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"Not enough style or humor to keep the pages turning: the author brings so many touristy preconceptions to the plate (one tires early on of descriptions of 'hanky-headed' olive growers and their quaint, local customs) that it is hard to see whether she fell in love with a country or an ideal."
Two English sisters play peasants in the Ligurian countryside in Italy: one describes their adventure here, clearly hoping to do for the tiny village of Diano San Pietro (and for herself), what Peter Mayle did for Provence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXTRA INNINGS by Doris Grumbach
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Written with polish and erudition, here are some budding insights into—but no answers to—the questions of old age."
A meandering journal of novelist Grumbach's 74th year that chronicles a final move from Washington, D.C., to the coast of Maine, and that includes brief, often charming, reflections on such diverse topics as mayflies, oxymorons, authors, and death. Read full book review >

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EXTRA CREDIT by Maggie Barbieri
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"Sorting out her priorities might not be such a bad idea for Alison, now on her seventh and least focused foray into amateur sleuthing."
A wacky stepfamily distracts a college professor from her boring job. Read full book review >