Search Results: "Gail E. Haley"


BOOK REVIEW

TWO BAD BOYS by Gail E. Haley
adapted by Gail E. Haley, illustrated by Gail E. Haley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The transgression of moral authority and the dual nature of existence are themes which have echoes throughout western literature; this Cherokee legend confirms the universality of human nature. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
From Haley (Mountain Jack Tales, 1992, etc.), an engrossing story, subtitled ``A Very Old Cherokee Tale,'' complete with author's note, that mirrors the Christian creation myth and explains how labor came into the world. Read full book review >

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MOUNTAIN JACK TALES by Gail E. Haley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A thoughtful introduction to Jack's adventures, briefer but more inviting than Richard Chase's. (Folklore. 10+)"
Haley invites readers up to Old Poppyseed's cabin on Story Mountain (``Park your car and hike up the path...the pale eyes of things forgotten in the outside world will see your every move'') for eight familiar tales plus a version of ``Molly Whuppie.'' The spirited retellings are salted with backwoods language (glossary appended) and illustrated with wood engravings that, like Haley's picture-book illustrations for ``Jack and the Bean Tree'' and ``Jack and the Fire Dragon,'' are full of energy, comedy, and magical creatures. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by Gail E. Haley
adapted by Gail E. Haley, illustrated by Gail E. Haley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Livelier but less formal and less elegant than Marcellino's 1991 Caldecott Honor book; here's a chance for the kids to make constructive comparisons. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Still another ``Puss,'' this one by a Caldecott winner whose free retelling is full of energy and humor and whose vibrant illustrations, appropriately set in 17th-century France, are— like the original story—a witty blend of satire and romance. Read full book review >

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ALTOGETHER, ONE AT A TIME by Gail E. Haley
Released: April 22, 1971

"The theme or lesson of each story emerges naturally from the characters and events and adds in its turn an ironic note to the plot's conclusion."
Four short stories, each illustrated by a different artist and each containing an unobtrusive but centrally important moral. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Civilized and appealingly modest, but so uninflectedcrime and punishment barely interrupt the routine of all those hotel mealsthat you may not notice when it's over."
Who killed philandering Prof. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 22, 2007

"Haley, who died in 1992, can no longer respond to those ongoing discussions, but it is to the good that his 'genealogical novel,' so long in the making, is still around to spur them in the first place."
If you are of a certain age and were anywhere near the United States in early 1977, you probably remember the bona fide social phenomenon that was the first airing of the miniseries Roots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VACLAV & LENA by Haley Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A terrific, enlightened debut that captures the fervor that hides in naïveté."
A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAN'T IS NOT AN OPTION by Nikki Haley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"If you're a fellow traveler, this is your book. If not, you likely won't pick it up."
South Carolina's governor stakes out her red-blooded American credentials in a by-the-numbers memoir. Read full book review >

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley
Released: Oct. 29, 1965

He was called Malcolm Little at birth; he was buried as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; but he lived most of his life as Malcolm X and was the most rabid racist of his time while he ran counter to the movement which dominated it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANK YOU, TREES! by Gail Langer Karwoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"While commemorating only a minor holiday, this book is a gentle introduction for the youngest observers. (Board book. 2-4)"
An ode to trees and fruit in celebration of Tu B'Shevat, a Jewish holiday. Often occurring in the latter part of January or early February, Tu B'Shevat is also called "New Year of the Trees." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL PRINCESS ISABEL EVER SAY PLEASE? by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"If silliness is what was aimed for, it sort of succeeds—but, if so, it is not silly enough. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What can you say when even the jacket blurb calls it "a lighthearted lesson in humility"? Read full book review >

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SPARK THE FIREFIGHTER by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Haley's amusing watercolors lighten up what could be a scary subject, but it's probably not the best choice for children who particularly fear fire. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In the town of Hardscrabble, volunteer firefighters aren't easy to come by. Read full book review >