Search Results: "Gary Andrew Poole"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2008

"Indifferently written, but a useful character study of a figure often overlooked today."
Serviceable biography of the legendary player who, writes debut author Poole, was the "one man who could be considered the founding father of our football culture." Read full book review >

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CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >

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THE BORGIA MISTRESS by Sara Poole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"A welcome antidote to the usual melodramatic Borgia fare."
A poisoner in the court of the Borgia pope strives to protect His Holiness by rooting out an assassin, in the third of a series. Read full book review >

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Thunder and Lightnin' by Jeneen Poole
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A warmly told moral tale with expressive illustrations."
A boy named Henry learns a valuable lesson about listening in this debut children's tale. Read full book review >

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COMING OF AGE WITH ELEPHANTS by Joyce Poole
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 1996

"What she needs is a biographer. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Poole has bitten off more than she can chew in this disappointing memoir cum ethological study of her days amid Kenya's elephant population. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2006

"A necessary public service in prose occasionally rendered sarcastic by the absurdity of the material. Fans of Orwell, take heart."
A sharply articulated, well-documented exposé of the political and economic manipulation of language. Read full book review >

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Exes and O's by Lakeshia Poole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"An emotionally satisfying story of two college students finding love amid chaos."
A sequel offers an ongoing melodrama set on a university campus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC HANUKKAH HUNT by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Though the book is unlovely, the interactive format could inspire some worthwhile conversation. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
This alphabet-centered rhyming scavenger quest asks readers to point out Hanukkah-related symbols and fare, from the obvious to the more nuanced. Read full book review >

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SNOW WHITE by Josephine Poole
adapted by Josephine Poole, illustrated by Angela Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Especially intriguing as a contrast to Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations (Caldecott Honor, 1973), which are as elegant but much lighter in mood. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A graceful, somewhat extended version of the original Grimm, with a gentler ending: instead of being forced to dance to her death in red-hot shoes, the wicked stepmother dies of ``her own poison'' in the form of a rose she intends for the happy bride. Read full book review >

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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER by Amy Lowry Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Still, children will get the point, as well as a ground-level glimpse of a vanished way of life, and picture book versions of the fable are rare. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Aesop's fable gets a Northern Chinese setting in this stiffly formal version. Read full book review >

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THE PEA BLOSSOM by Amy Lowry Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"First class. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poole gives her retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's story of five peas in a pod an Eastern flavor by setting it in "a small garden near the great city of Beijing." Read full book review >