Search Results: "Florence Friedmann Minor"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This celebration of his art includes scores of Minor's book covers as well as an appreciation by David MuCullough and interviews by Minor with his mentor, Paul Bacon, and Simon & Schuster's longtime art director, Frank Metz."
Jinxed perhaps by the old bromide that you can't judge a book by its cover and by row after row of books shelved spine out in the stores, book-jacket art has become the unglamorous and unglorified stepsister of the world of commercial art. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE A PENGUIN by Florence Minor
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Not a standout as either a rhyming picture book or a beginning nonfiction title about penguins. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The second from this husband-and-wife team (Christmas Tree!, 2005) explores the many things that penguins can do and suggests to readers that they can also share in these activities. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A BIGGER BUNNY by Florence Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A happy ending for a little bunny whose reading helps her do big things. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Book-smarts help Tickles the bunny save the day in this latest collaboration from the Minors. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE A PANDA BEAR by Florence Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"A lovely title to engage the imaginations and interest of budding animal enthusiasts. (bear facts, resources) (Picture book. 2-6)"
A global array of bears parade by in this delightful story for the very young. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS TREE! by Florence Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A final page of supplementary information offers some interesting facts about the history of Christmas trees. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Imaginative Christmas trees of unusual sizes and materials are the focus of this holiday story for younger children with retro art that points adult readers back to the 1950s. Read full book review >

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ODDS by Patty Friedmann
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Vividly detailed settings fail to add weight to a schematic tragedy and a transparent cast."
A child's death, a husband's lies, and her own obsession with gambling force a young woman to gain her independence at last—in this thin celebration of hard-won maturity. Read full book review >

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SECONDHAND SMOKE by Patty Friedmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"All's well that ends well, maybe, but the route this tale takes to get there has some distinctly unpleasant turns."
With a bold beginning and a wet fizzle at the end, Friedmann's frustrating fourth (after Odds, 2000, etc.) is a tragiccomic jumble of frayed family nerves as a 70-year-old woman deals with the death of her husband and the loss of her house, while her kids try to decide how much they want to help. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE BIT RUINED by Patty Friedmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"The line between fact and fiction in Eleanor's world is annoyingly blurred, but her oddball escapades help Friedmann poignantly portray New Orleans' desperation."
The heroine of Eleanor Rushing (1999) remains an unreliable, possibly delusional narrator, but Hurricane Katrina forces her to come to terms with reality and change. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR RUSHING by Patty Friedmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Depressing overall, but curiously affecting: Friedmann writes with a sensitivity that can touch the heart without falling prey to the sentimental. (First printing of 25,000; author tour)"
A lugubrious but moving account of a disturbed young woman's troubled childhood and adolescence, by New Orleans second-novelist Friedmann (The Exact Image of Mother, 1991). Read full book review >

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GRAND CANYON by Wendell Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Less a systematic tour of the Grand Canyon than a visual and verbal appreciation of its large- scale and small-scale beauties, this will delight young armchair travelers and naturalists. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
The fruit of a 12-day visit to the Grand Canyon, Minor goes solo in this departure from his usual meticulously detailed art for an album of watercolor sketches. Read full book review >

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HOW BIG COULD YOUR PUMPKIN GROW? by Wendell Minor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Playing with scale and prompting readers to think big ensures a quick and entertaining tour to awesome sights. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Minor focuses his attention on the symbolic gourd of fall, juxtaposing national landmarks or record-setting structures with visions of impossibly enormous pumpkins or jack-o'-lanterns. Read full book review >