Search Results: "Gary C. Stalcup"


BOOK REVIEW

WANDERING WEST by Gary C. Stalcup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"An ambitious, sincere novel that weighs the meaning of family and success."
In Stalcup's debut novel, an aging, disgraced New York trader starts over as a ranch owner in rural Texas. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"An earnest but lopsided Christian reading of the birth and growth of Sesame Street."
A revisionary, religious analysis of a beloved children's TV show. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2005

Of mullahs, mujaheddin and moolah: a spook's-eye view of the recent fighting in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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AND YET IT MOVES  by Erin  Stalcup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An engaging collection that takes on the love and loneliness lurking in the bright lights and shadowed corners of the everyday."
Debut author Stalcup's short story collection takes a look at what is gained and, more often, lost through the not-so-simple act of living. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"This child's view of WW II is certain to touch the hearts of readers. (glossary, further reading, index) (Memoir. 11-14)"
A touching memoir from a former teacher, about her experiences in Lydney, England (120 miles west of London), as a young child during WW II. Read full book review >

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LEO POLITI by Ann Stalcup
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Closing with a timeline and an annotated bibliography, this perceptive portrait should go far toward rekindling interest in an artist and writer whose reputation, outside his customary haunts at least, has faded considerably. (Biography. 10-12)"
Stalcup bases her biography, the first ever, of Politi, largely on interviews and personal memories—and rather than shape it as a conventional tally of travels and awards, she focuses on this Caldecott-winner's character, artistic development, and favorite themes. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >

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THIS IS SILLY! by Gary Taxali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Some kids may like the lilting rhymes and bold colors and patterns, but for the most part Taxali's vintage designs remain better suited for his already appreciative adult market. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pop art and advertising-design nostalgia combine in a picture book that seems to see audience as secondary to presentation. Read full book review >

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YANKEE DOODLE by Gary Chalk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 1993

"Not essential, but a curiosity that may engage some readers (and impulse buyers). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The American Revolution, reenacted by mice and other animals on hobbyhorses, rather like Redwall's heroics; recounted in verse that can be sung to the mocking redcoat song the rebels defiantly adopted (``Redcoats were surprised to find/Us Yankees set on winning./At Lexington a shot rang out,/It was the war's beginning!''); and augmented with more facts and asides (``Does this mean they're going to free the slaves?'' asks a raccoon/Native American). Read full book review >

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RUMBLE WITH THE ROMANS by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers will applaud the Monty Python-esque exploits of this hoofed hero. Just don't call him a horse. (map) (Farce. 10-12)"
Fun and games in the Coliseum. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TIES by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Another funny episode in a well-meaning (sort of, anyway) kid's life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kevin, 14 and no stranger to hyperbole, is back for a fifth humor-infused outing as he tries valiantly to deal with his often bizarre extended family (Vote, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >