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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN LIGHTS OUT by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Another outing positively radiant with child appeal, featuring a pair of close siblings with complementary personalities. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
It's bedtime for the mouseling brother and sister—but not before plenty of horsing around and a deliciously scary expedition into the backyard. Read full book review >

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PATRICK by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"For the most part, though, the format, vocabulary and art work well here to encourage kids to read on their own and have fun doing it. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
Hayes, the Geisel Award-winning creator of the Benny and Penny stories (Benny and Penny in the Big No-No, 2009, etc.) introduces a new character in this collection of short graphic stories. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN THE TOY BREAKER by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A thought-provoking episode just right for the I Can Read set. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
The popular and Geisel Award-winning mouse sibs (Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, 2009) meet their greatest challenge yet when hard-playing, toy-breaking cousin Bo saunters over for a visit. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S GOING ON IN THERE? by Geoffrey Grahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1991 but nearly as simply drawn, this debut should draw plenty of repeated walk-throughs. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Grahn invites young voyeurs and others to take a walk through "Grahnville," and to guess from the silhouettes in windows what's going on inside each cartoon townhouse or store. Read full book review >

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PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Stick with Wells and Lyga; this muddle is just plain insulting. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Weaponized serial-killer clones are on the loose, and one of their own teams up with the agent who's hunting them down. Read full book review >

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SPEECH! SPEECH! by Geoffrey Hill
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Not for readers bent on clarity: it's nearly as messy as, and a great deal more erudite than, real life."
Gone are the days when Hill wrote precise, formal poems of condensed agony: this collection, his eighth, is pure rant—although it's often difficult to tell what is under attack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1995

"A dose of strong medicine for a society locked into death on the installment plan."
Part memoir, part social treatise, a wholly sobering view of inner-city violence and the codes surrounding it. Read full book review >