Search Results: "Frances de Pontes Peebles"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SEAMSTRESS by Frances de Pontes Peebles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Slow-moving, long and meandering, like an Amazonian stream—with moments of beauty, but in need of a machete."
Two sisters work both banks of the river and both sides of the law, united in their knowledge of stitchery, in this ponderous semi-epic, set in the steamy Brazilian jungle in the 1920s and '30s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An informed and informative overviewcomplete with anecdotal detail on the venturesome souls who participatedof the undercover activities that have given America air superiority over friends and foes alike. (35 b&w photos, not seen)"
A top-notch survey of the covert aviation programs conducted by the US military and intelligence agencies since WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEMONS AND DRAGONS by Alice Peebles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Hits the sweet spot between chortles and choked screams. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ten monsters from myth and legend take a bow—each furnished with competitive scores in five monstrous characteristics and a portrait in full, lurid melodramaticolor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANTHER by Melvin Van Peebles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"A less-than-candid narrative, with fatuous dialogue and hokey dramatics, manages to turn an important and complex story into Hollywood schlock. (First printing of 50,000; film rights to Gramercy Pictures)"
Filmmaker, composer, and financial analyst Van Peebles (Bold Money, 1986) relies more on movie-like fantasy than accuracy for his first novel—a historical fiction about the Black Panthers' early years: soon to be released as a movie by the author's son, Mario. Read full book review >

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FRANCES FITZGERALD
by Gregory McNamee

A century ago, if you had said that evangelical Christianity would one day emerge as a leading political force in America, you might have met incredulity or even ridicule. Such belief was widely seen as a throwback to the old days of snake handling and speaking in tongues. Didn’t Clarence Darrow prove definitively, after all, in a Tennessee courtroom that ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCKIE’S RAINBOW by Frances Barry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"A bright and appealing debut for the diaper set. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Duckie hurries across paper collage scenes on double-paged spreads of supersaturated color, each one smaller than the last. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Reminiscent of Eric Carle's early work, this uniquely shaped, inexpensive numbers lesson belongs in every collection—at least once. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's charming duck, who taught toddlers colors in Duckie's Rainbow (2004), returns to help with numbers one to ten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE TOY SHOP by Frances Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Wolfe's oil paintings far exceed her text, as her attractive illustrations exhibit sophisticated perspectives, appealing human characters and a dear little bunny who deserves better narration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overlong and too-sentimental story is set in a toy shop owned by a gentle, white-haired man named Mr. Kringle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELL WITCHED by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Vivid and imaginative. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fascinating premise, atmospheric description and a collection of quirky characters combine in this British import. Read full book review >