Search Results: "Geoffrey Nunberg"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Though the pieces here, being radio filler, are simply too short to do their subjects justice, it's still a fine read for a logophile."
Thoughtful if glancing remarks on word usage, fads, and other matters of pressing concern to public-radio listeners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A witty and politically charged analysis of a potent obscenity in its modern and contemporary context."
Linguistic analysis and cultural criticism meet sociopolitical rant in this investigation of the word asshole and the modern phenomena of "assholism." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH DEAR, GEOFFREY! by Gemma O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Oh yes, Geoffrey! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can a clumsy giraffe make friends? Read full book review >

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PATRICK AT THE CIRCUS by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Numerous vignettes per page, word balloons as well as text, rapid-fire shifts in mood and tone, and an uncomfortable combination of Katzenjammer brusqueness with treacly settings give this title a bad case of multiple and conflicting personalities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overly busy title featuring the return of Patrick Brown, the fuzzy little bear, and his family, suffers from a lack of focus as it crams too many subplots into a rather insipid story about going to the circus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A POOR EXCUSE FOR A DRAGON by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Freed captives become new friends, teaching this fellow that there are many different kinds of dragons. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Fred learns how to be true to himself and still be a dragon. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN HOW TO SAY GOODBYE by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Another sweet, empathetic day with Benny and Penny. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
The sixth title in the Benny and Penny graphic early reader series captures children's transitory emotions with quiet, forgiving humor. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN LOST AND FOUND by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old—thank goodness. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
Gently bickering mouse siblings Benny and Penny have another backyard adventure, this time when they search for Benny's lost pirate hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"The book, a revision of A Night-Light for Bunny (2004), is only partly successful in execution. Children who want soothing at bedtime may do better with House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes (2008), or the classic Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Bunny announces that he cannot sleep because "[t]here's too much dark at night," he and Papa go off on the subtitle's promised "Glow-in-the-Dark Search" for the perfect night-light. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN THE BIG NO-NO! by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

"Benny and Penny make agreeable protagonists, all sibling-squabbling when they're on their own but uniting against the depredations of the 'monster' and doing the right thing when it's called for. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
When fractious mouse siblings Benny and Penny observe that a new neighbor has moved in next door, curiosity leads them into a big no-no: climbing the fence to see if perhaps the newcomer may have stolen Benny's missing pail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENNY AND PENNY by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2008

"Emergent readers should have no trouble following along—or (except perhaps for only children) identifying with the situation. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
In this graphic mini-novel, a mouse in pirate dress fends off the overtures of his persistent little sister (garbed as a princess), then turns out to be more of a wuss than she is when it comes to bugs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON A TOAD by Heather Vogel Frederick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"This appealing fairy tale is fun, fast paced and more than just a little bit foolish. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
There's a certain attractive ick factor about a girl who spews out toads every time she speaks, but is it enough to sustain a novel? Read full book review >

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PATRICK EATS HIS PEAS AND OTHER STORIES by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Another charmer from the reliable Hayes; newly independent readers won't need any condiments to gobble it down. (Graphic easy reader. 4-6)"
Four more minitales (Patrick: A Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories, 2011) take the irrepressible ursine from mealtime to bathtime to bedtime, with a side venture out into the yard to "help" daddy rake leaves. Read full book review >