Search Results: "Gary Kelley"


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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

DARK FIDDLER by Aaron Frisch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A discography should have been included. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8 & up)"
His name is familiar today only to lovers of musical virtuosity, but in his brief life the Italian-born violinist and composer thrilled late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe with his brilliant style, unnatural technique and stage presence. Read full book review >

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THE EMILY SONNETS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Overall, though, these poems, illustrations and substantial notes combine well to lend a rounded portrait of this American poet every young reader needs to discover. (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
A sonnet sequence encapsulates the biography of one of America's most intriguing poets, Emily Dickinson. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Suitable for reading aloud as well as independently, this is a gracious and admiring portrait, a splendid way to introduce the 'First Lady of the World' to a new generation of young children. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Unhappy and quiet as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak for herself as a teenager, encouraged her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's political career and made one for herself during his presidency and after his death, defending the weak and fighting for freedoms. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A volume for those who are certain that this kind of adaptation—reduces an intense psychological study to a slim story of multiple murders—will not prejudice children against future encounters with the Bard. (Picture book. 9-12)"
Tempting readers into this dramatic retelling, the introduction calls this a ``horrific tale of witches, murder, ghosts and revenge.'' Coville (William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1996, etc.) repeats most of the play's famous phrases (condensing the ``Double double, toil and trouble'' incantation to six lines) and expertly captures the original's lurid supernatural manifestations and dark tone. 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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BOSHBLOBBERBOSH by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Kelley's imposing paintings are masterful in the technique, comic in the approach, capturing a bit of the nonsense in Lear's writing, but focusing more on his life. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Lewis (Doodle Dandies, p. 896, etc.) turns his admiration for Edward Lear into inspiration for a collection of biographical poems about his literary hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >