Search Results: "Gilbert Ford"


BOOK REVIEW

FLYING LESSONS by Gilbert Ford
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 2010

"As seen in comparison to the pigeons, the jet's too small to let the size disparity reach its full absurd potential—for better examples, see Valeri Gorbachev's Big Little Elephant (2005) or Mac Barnett's Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, illustrated by Adam Rex (2009)—and its motivations remain murky, but readers shouldn't have much trouble figuring out what those aforesaid 'things' might be. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this oddball solo debut, a migratory flock of doves gives a too-big, too-noisy jetliner hoping to be a fellow traveler a hostile reception. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Quibbles aside, pastry chefs in the making will be fascinated by this accessible tribute to a true American icon and will be tempted to try the appended cookie recipe. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A chocolate candy bar cannonballing into a possessed mixer. Baking chocolate suddenly going AWOL. These are just a couple of the persistent myths orbiting the origins of America's quintessential dessert: the chocolate chip cookie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Obliquely told and unevenly illustrated, this Slinky story's just OK. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Ford portrays the back story of the Slinky, the coiled steel toy that debuted in 1945 and still sells today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not the definitive biography, then, and certainly not for casual G&S fans—but the most authoritative effort of its kind thus far, and, particularly considering the often-academic content, crisply readable. (16 pages b&w illustrations)"
Stedman, editor of a collection of Gilbert's non-G&S works (Gilbert Before Sullivan, 1967), now offers a solid, stylish, well- researched critical biography—which effectively emphasizes the Victorian-theater context of Gilbert's writings but fails to pay proper attention to his genius as a lyricist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY FORD by Vincent Curcio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2013

"An evenhanded study by an author determined to cover all the bases."
A nuts-and-bolts biography of the great American visionary portrays a character of enormous contrasts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLDIER SONG by Debbie Levy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A moving tale of ordinary soldiers in a great conflict who find solace in music. (notes on the war, the battle, the song, Civil War timeline, bibliography, quotation sources) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
One song was embraced by both sides of the very bloody conflict: "Home Sweet Home." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD MAGIC by Pseudonymous Bosch
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Clay is Everykid enough ('almost handsome, in a dried-snot-on-his-sleeve sort of way') to keep readers hanging around to see what happens to him next. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Very little is as it seems at a survival camp for "troubled" teens in this trilogy opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

12 DAYS OF NEW YORK by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Skip this tour. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A class trip to the Big Apple is played out as a variation of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOONPENNY ISLAND by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Poetic and poignant, Springstubb's tale of friendship, loss, hope and heartache is so fresh and honest it will resonate widely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When one of an inseparable pair of friends is sent away, the other's life turns upside down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. FERRIS AND HIS WHEEL by Gibbs Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Kids who take Ferris wheels for granted should find this history eye-opening. (sources, bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
The invention of the Ferris wheel is explored in story and pictures designed to describe the age of innovation for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRITE THIS BOOK by Pseudonymous Bosch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Would-be wordsmiths will come away with a marginally useful toolkit and, if not 'hack writing of the highest order' as promised, at least a finished practice piece. (writing tips, self-awards) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Offering "a book written by you that's already published," "Bosch" follows his own title page with a blank alternative one, then goes on to sketch out a fragmentary plotline filled with options to circle and dotted lines to fill in (guaranteeing that any library copy won't stay unmarked for long). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAYNE AND FORD by Nancy Schoenberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There's nothing groundbreaking here, but compleatist fans of Wayne and Ford will enjoy revisiting the films discussed."
Biography of the two figures, actor and director, who defined the Western film genre. Read full book review >