Search Results: "Gary Hovland"


BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDFISH IN THE CHANDELIER by Casie Kesterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's a pity that the real story behind this actual, extraordinary piece of ornate French décor is withheld, leaving readers cheated of a true exploration of art history. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The fictionalized story behind the creation of a 19th-century chandelier currently on display in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"David Small (2000) or Alice Provensen's The Buck Stops Here (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Home sweet home to every president except Washington, the White House has become an emblematic backdrop to history, as well as an old house with a history of its own—and, for both reasons, has been regarded by its changing cast of residents with mixed feelings. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 1992

"Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead—a hero capable of slaying dragons—in St. Read full book review >

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GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be illustrated with black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)"
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Read full book review >

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GARY COOPER by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"The book's lifeless prose suggests great haste and no small lack of interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The indefatigably prolific Meyers (Bogart: A Life in Hollywood, 1997, etc.) continues to work his way through the major icons of American film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY JENNINGS’ AZTEC RAGE by Robert Gleason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"If the Aztecs are enraged, it's because one of them read this improbable mess."
Answer "no" immediately if someone asks, "Would you like to know . . . about the men I have killed, the women I have loved, the fortunes I have made . . . and stolen?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY BENCHLEY, ROCK STAR by Paul Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A snapshot of what it means to be young, smug and oh-so-trendy, circa 2005."
A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. Read full book review >

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Gary Sees History-A Child's Journey by Gary Hooker Jr.

"A refreshing antidote to political cynicism."
In this illustrated political memoir for kids, debut author and fifth-grader Hooker learns about politics and experiences history firsthand. Read full book review >

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JOHN JENSEN FEELS DIFFERENT by Henrik Hovland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"In between giggles, children will find much to think about. (Picture book. 5-9)"
John Jensen lives a perfectly ordinary, one would even say dull, life. So why does he "feel different"? Read full book review >

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LAKE WOBEGON SUMMER 1956 by Garrison Keillor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Think Huckleberry Finn in hormonal overdrive, or Penrod with a perpetual erection. They won't be assigning this one in elementary schools, but adults of all ages should find Keillor's refreshingly impudent Americana just about irresistible."
You really can hear the hushed resonant voice of the genial host of NPR's Prairie Home Companion reciting this latest episodic chronicle of growing up in rural Minnesota. Read full book review >