Search Results: "Gabriel A. Cooney"


BOOK REVIEW

MILKWEED DAYS by Gabriel A. Cooney
Released: Aug. 1, 1976

"Cooney's photos provide some clarity and definition to balance an overly cherishing text, but the calculated celebration of innocence is still redolent of soda ads and pop poster cliches."
Three children's slow-motion romp through a field of milkweed, led by a meditative Adam who notices that the pods, "bumpy and rough" outside, remind him of himself when he's angry and "Mommy says there's a secret beautiful Adam inside" and who then takes one home to "hold it against my cheek when I go to bed. . . Read full book review >

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ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >

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KING OF WRECK ISLAND by Barbara Cooney
Released: Aug. 25, 1941

"Amusing pictures in black and white."
This is fun- a whimsical, original and humorous story, with lots of New England saltiness. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Kara Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Of course, there are still questions ('Certainty plays little role in the history of Hatshepsut'), but Cooney's detective work finally brings out the story of a great woman's reign."
Cooney (Egyptian Art and Architecture/UCLA) re-creates the life of "the first woman to exercise long-term rule over Egypt as a king." Read full book review >

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COCK ROBIN by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1965

"In the 19th century, historians of education say, Cock Robin was acted out by school children."
Who killed Cook Robin? Read full book review >

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Released: May 29, 1969

"And one of the most artfully designed—a succession of sturdy paintings that somehow float on the page."
An alphabet of southern colonial pastimes that you'll run your fingers over first (the flecks of oil paint are that palpable), grin at (such cheerful, airy scenes) then examine for the sly detail. Read full book review >

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THE KELLYHORNS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Aug. 6, 1942

"Unfortunately the jacket is very unappealing."
The Kellyhorns are twins who were separated when their mother dies, Penny living with her father on an island off the Maine coast and Pam with an aunt on the mainland. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN POTTLE'S HOUSE by Barbara Cooney
Released: Sept. 23, 1943

"In retrospect there's not much originality in the story, but that doesn't matter much as you read."
Mystery, thinly veiled and guessable, but a factor in selling a book which is fun reading in its salty sense of the coast of Maine setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 16, 1967

"Without approaching irreverence, this is an informed, sensible presentation and a supplement to the many legendary recreations."
After recounting the Nativity as it appears in the Gospels, Miss Cooney introduces the observance of the event thus: "Long before the birth of Jesus there were midwinter festivals," signal that this is to be a historical and not a doctrinaire Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACTS OF CONTRITION by John Cooney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Sex, sin, sleuths, and salvation."
Ultrareactionary subversion of papal politics complicates a priestly detective's investigation of the hottest religious TV star since Fulton J. Sheen. Read full book review >

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THE MOUNTAINTOP SCHOOL FOR DOGS  by Ellen Cooney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"If as much attention was given to context as to Evie and the dogs, this would be a strong novel. As is, it's slight."
Dogs and humans save each other in this sentimental novel by Cooney (Thanksgiving, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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ISLAND BOY by Barbara Cooney
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Outstanding."
One man's life, from the time his farmer father brings his family to settle on an island in Maine till the end of his long, productive life, when he leaves his daughter and grandson—who are also content to live on the island. Read full book review >