Search Results: "Farley Katz"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Packaged to recall other diary tales of middle school (faux-spiral binding, scratchy, faux-handprinted type—often hard to read—and roughly drawn illustrations), this take on the rotten inner life of a true bully is a mixed bag. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Combine Roald Dahl's Twits and other villains, mix with the first-person-journaling trope and the comedic result might look something like this. Read full book review >

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CYBER BULLY by Farley Katz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"It's a slog to the dubiously upbeat resolution (Niko realizing where salvation lies on the one hand and vowing a bullying comeback on the other), but that could be because, like Niko, his journal isn't sure just what it wants to be. (Fiction. 12-14)"
More unredeemed middle school monkeyshines and satire from the bully's point of view in an occasionally humorous sequel. Read full book review >

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SECRET TREE FORT by Brianne Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Like a beloved box rattling with tiny, precious, ferreted things, this delightful picture book holds small, wonderfully specific insights into childhood imaginings, feelings, and frustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little sister's entreaties to come play go unheard by her bookworm big sister, so she conjures a tree fort sure to get her attention. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK STALLION AND THE LOST CITY by Steven Farley
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 2011

"Readers are better off sticking to the originals. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Black Stallion battles flesh-eating mares in this strange, off-putting addition to the late Walter Farley's series, written by his son. Read full book review >

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NO MAN’S RIVER by Farley Mowat
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A superior example of Mowat's chronicling powers, illuminating a grand Canadian region that was about to change forever."
Master wilderness storyteller Mowat (High Latitudes, 2003, etc.) spins a rousing tale of travels through the Canadian Far North during 1947, darkened a bit by forebodings about the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An unsatisfying ramble, salvaged by a few striking passages."
Part travelogue, part war memoir, this insubstantial, disjointed reminiscence succeeds as neither. Read full book review >

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GAME WORLD by C.J. Farley
by C.J. Farley, illustrated by Yongjin Im
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Exhilarating, thought-provoking and one of a kind. (glossary, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Drawn from both video gaming culture and the rich tapestry of Jamaican myth and folklore, blending pointed social satire and mystical philosophy, this exuberant, original hero's journey is a real trip. Read full book review >

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MR. PAK BUYS A STORY by Carol Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"A large, casual typeface that resembles hand-lettering adds to the book's attractive design. (Picture book/folkore. 7-10)"
A retelling of a Korean tale (also found, couched in a somewhat more literary style, in Frances Carpenter's Tales of a Korean Grandmother, 1947) about a foolish servant who spends a hundred of his master's gold coins for a spurious story that in truth is little more than a few sentences describing the actions of a stork: ``He steps carefully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FAVORITE WAR by Christopher John Farley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The social and the existential clash in this self-satisfied book: grand-theme musings mix uneasily with excessive concerns about college friends, beginnings of careers, and such—making for pitfalls of a classic first-novel kind."
The X in this Gen-X debut novel pays homage to Malcolm, whose confrontational politics serve as inspiration to the black radicals at the heart of Farley's tale. Read full book review >

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ROSIE GOES TO PRESCHOOL by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Rosie provides a delightful introduction to preschool that will soothe first-day worries. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An endearing guide shows young children what preschool will be like. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS BABY by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"This sparkly, lighthearted tale is bound to enchant hopeful young ladies-in-waiting. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Katz's latest work is ideal for the early-preschool and toddler set. Read full book review >

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SHAKE IT UP, BABY! by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"And it makes noise. (1-2)"
A plastic rattle embedded in the spine promises a two-in-one literary treat. Read full book review >