Search Results: "Gillian Richardson"


BOOK REVIEW

10 PLANTS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD by Gillian Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Readers who took these plants for granted before may well not do so anymore. (maps, bibliography, suggestions for further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A collection of stories that will enlighten readers on the fascinating and often tragic history behind the blue jeans they wear, the French fries and chocolate they consume, and the pepper and sugar they use for flavor. Read full book review >

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10 ROUTES THAT CROSSED THE WORLD by Gillian Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A mostly satisfying mix of history and geography for the curious armchair traveler. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A broad picture of roads and trails from many parts of the world and many eras. Read full book review >

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GRUNT by John Richardson
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 2002

"A light-hearted tale that sends a worthwhile message to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A melancholy runt learns about happiness and self-acceptance from a genial boar. Read full book review >

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TILLY'S STAYCATION by Gillian Hibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"There's no place like home, as Dorothy would say. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although initially disappointed about not getting to travel the way her friends do, Tilly comes to appreciate adventures close to home. Read full book review >

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FROGGY WENT A-COURTIN’ by Gillian Tyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Um-hum. (source note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Tyler highlights the romance in this frilly version of the folk song, following Froggy and Miss Mousie from courtship to honeymoon in pale, finely brushed outdoor scenes captioned in elegant, if low-contrast, gold ink. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA BEAR'S FANTASTIC SCARF by Gillian Heal
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1997

"Salubrious thoughts, surely- -charmingly illustrated in watercolor—but the book is an onslaught of lessons rather than a story, and more likely to appeal to adults than to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf (32 pp.; $14.95; Mar. 15, 1997; 1- 885223-41-2): A little bear learns from his wise old grandfather about the weaving of a life—his grandfather's scarf is as long and multicolored as his years in this book. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF WINDJAMMER by V.A. Richardson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Richardson sets the stage for sequels from the first chapter on, but few readers are likely to want to read them. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Stronger on 17th-century historical detail than plot or character, this overblown series opener stars a dimwitted, unlikable Amsterdam teenager who suddenly finds himself heir to a family business tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. Read full book review >

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AFTER HAMELIN by Bill Richardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Likely to attract lovers of fairy-tales, but it will disappoint. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An expansion of the classic story of the pied piper, this tells of young Penelope, left behind when the piper returns for the children of Hamelin after saving the town from rats. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"Richardson (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a memoir, 1999), once head of Christie's US operations and now a contributor to Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, etc., proves again that he's one of our foremost biographers."
Engaging essays about an odd mix of artists, writers, tycoons, trendsetters, and con guys from the worlds of literature and art. Read full book review >

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THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER by Tony Richardson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"They should have talked- -though Richardson sparkles here nonetheless. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photos)"
A lean, mean, and ultimately engaging autobiography by the British producer-director, finished six years before his death from AIDS in 1991. Read full book review >

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THE MAKING OF INTELLIGENCE by Ken Richardson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2000

"Good and provocative insights here—enough to fuel debate, put genetic determinists in their place, and maybe get neuroscientists, psychologists, anthropologists, and linguists to talk to each other instead of plying their separate trades."
A provocative attack on most past and present theories of intelligence by British psychologist Richardson (Origins of Human Potential, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >