Search Results: "Geoffrey O'Brien"


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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT, O'BRIEN by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Distinguished by a deft use of voices (from O'Brien's soaring lyricism and earthy humor to Hunter's desiccated musings) and by a vivid portrait of the feculent underside of London: a fresh, moving meditation on the sources of wonder and the dangers of a depraved rationalism."
The title character in Mantel's grimly lyrical latest novel (after Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, 1997, etc.) is in flight from a number of horrors. Read full book review >

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LOVE, HONOUR, AND O'BRIEN by Jennifer Rowe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The prolific Australian author (The Makeover Murders, 1993, etc.) offers the hilarious first in a new series that mixes humor with mystery."
A woman scorned hires a private detective, with decidedly unexpected results. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF JAKE O'BRIEN by Michael Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A goofy, warm-hearted tale of lessons learned on and off the diamond."
A minor-leaguer gets a shot at the majors-and maturity-in this genial baseball saga. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EDUCATION OF JAKE O'BRIEN by Michael Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A goofy, warm-hearted tale of lessons learned on and off the diamond."
A minor-leaguer gets a shot at the majors-and maturity-in this genial baseball saga. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"More screwball than satire, the amusement factor can't raise the narrative from the weight of its too-familiar elements."
In a town where everybody is for sale, how is an agent of hell supposed to corrupt anyone? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUSY O'BRIEN AND THE CATERPILLAR PUNCH BUNCH by Michelle Poploff
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In a sequel to Busy O'Brien and the Great Bubble Gum Blowout (1990), Busy and friends Mitch and Roe can almost taste the 30 free ice-cream cones they'll receive for nominating the winner in a ``Good Neighbor of the Year'' contest (they'll get to name a new Flavor of the Month, too)—but then stuck-up rival Jolly Van Pelt steps forward with her own candidate. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTEEN SISTERS OF EMILIO MONTEZ O'BRIEN by Oscar Hijuelos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1993

"Fat but flat."
Hijuelos's fluency—whether seamlessly singing the sad ballad of a family harrowed by madness and displacement in his first novel, Our House in the Last World (1985), or the slightly happier, warmer, more infectious up-tempo one of the Pulitzer-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)—is his signature, and here he gives it a very, very long solo in a family chronicle that follows a huge Irish-Cuban family across the span of a century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 9, 1990

The fact that Busy's mother has just been elected mayor puts a strain on their relationship, since Busy tends to act impulsively—e.g., she plans a bubble-gum-blowing contest to raise funds for the town Meal Mobile (first prize: lunch with the mayor) without consulting her mother. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >