Search Results: "Gene Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

KISS AND MAKE-UP by Gene Simmons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2001

"'The KISS Army' will appreciate Simmons's fondness for them and uncritically consume his heavy-metal memories."
Raunchy, good-hearted memoirs of the prodigiously tongued co-founder of megaselling band KISS. Read full book review >

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NOTHIN' TO LOSE by Ken Sharp
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A rollicking oral history of the one-time 'hottest band in the land.'"
Through scores of interviews with band members, fans, roadies, rival musicians and label executives, Sharp (Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, 2010, etc.) and KISS co-founders Stanley and Simmons have put together a complete history of the band's rise to superstardom. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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TIMELESS THOMAS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A glowing tribute to the inventor who continues to influence modern life. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
A fine introduction to Thomas Edison's exceptional inventions, innovations and career—and how his work continues to affect our lives today. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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SWACK TEENS by Terence Simmons
Released: April 1, 2012

"The message of this well-intentioned book is clear, but a lack of substance diminishes its impact."
This short work of juvenile fiction introduces a group of extraordinary teenagers who, at the behest of a benevolent alien, join forces to combat bullying. Read full book review >

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THE RISE OF ENDYMION by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"As hypercomplicated as ever, though with less story and more explanations and padding; still, Simmons's scope is truly staggering, his inventiveness continues to impress, and the narrative offers something for everyone—at least some of the time."
Another (maybe final?) installment in Simmons's massive far- future odyssey (Endymion, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Some readers may wish the prose had a little more grit or character, but the book will surely appeal to Simmons' many fans."
From the popular judge and host of Top Chef, a memoir of a life devoted to the romance of food and the business of restaurants. Read full book review >

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ZOOLA PALOOZA by Gene Barretta
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A topic only rarely addressed gets whimsical treatment in this latest from wordplay master Barretta. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN AND KENNEDY by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Marred by its own contrivances. (further facts, trivia, unsourced quotes, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Barretta adopts a familiar narrative device, contrasting the lives—separated by a century—of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMTIME FAIRIES by Jane Simmons
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this magical adventure will sweep little ones off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl weaves an enchanted tale to soothe her younger brother to sleep. Read full book review >