Search Results: "Graham Percy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COCK, THE MOUSE, AND THE LITTLE RED HEN by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"It certainly undermines the story's original didactic intent. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-7)"
An unattributed expansion of the familiar nursery tale about a cock and mouse who mend their unhelpful ways after their housemate cleverly contrives their escape from a fox. Read full book review >

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1992

"Not a primary purchase, but a nice supplementary interpretation. (Fiction. 6+)"
Despite the attractive large format of this pleasant complete edition of the 1908 classic, the illustrations seem bland in comparison with either the lively wit of Ernest Shepard's drawings or Rackham's elegant and endearing detail. Read full book review >

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PIGASUS by Pat Murphy
by Pat Murphy, illustrated by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"A silly, fun book for children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The walrus in Through the Looking Glass may not have decided whether pigs have wings, but Murphy—in her first picture book— has. Read full book review >

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REYNARD THE FOX by Selina Hastings
adapted by Selina Hastings, illustrated by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: May 22, 1991

"A fine, accessible edition in lengthy picture- book format, to share aloud or use as a young reader. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Basing her retelling of this traditional European story about an impenitent trickster on Caxton's 1481 translation, Hastings retains its medieval flavor in her details (Reynard, claiming to have reformed, ``has given away all his wealth, and spends hours a day on his knees in penance for his sins''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEFANTINA’S DREAM by X. J. Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Readers familiar with Kennedy's earlier book featuring the Elympics (1999) will want to read more about this talented pachyderm. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elefantina dreams of skating a dazzling performance in a silvery suit in the next Elympics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CUP OF STARSHINE by Jill Bennett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Index. (Poetry. 4-8)"
``I'd like a cup of starshine please/mixed with milk and honey./And when it comes to soup/can I please/have some that's sunny?'' Tucked away near the end, this previously unpublished poem by Romesh Gunesekera sets the whimsically thoughtful tone for a collection put together by the 1990 Farjeon medalist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1987

"Love in the Ruins held together better, but a continuation of that book's specifically moral and at the same time antic lope is no bad thing at all; Percy fans will find it very agreeable, despite the thinness."
Dr. Thomas More, Feliciana Parish psychiatrist, bad Catholic, boozy and allergic, makes a return in Percy's quasi-sequel to Love in the Ruins (1971)—and though the apocalypse seems just as certain now as it did then, things in this near-future seem somewhat calmer than were the earlier book's race wars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILDING by Benjamin Percy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Unsatisfying, both as suspense and as an inquiry into our violent impulses."
Will a family camping trip turn deadly? Don't hold your breath. Percy's first novel, after two story collections (Refresh, Refresh, 2007, etc.), is a painfully slow tease. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIGNPOSTS IN A STRANGE LAND by Walker Percy
Released: July 17, 1991

"A good book to travel with."
A pungent, revealing collection of lectures, essays, and interviews—some previously published in Harper's, The Georgia Review, etc.—by the late novelist (d. 1990). Read full book review >

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REFRESH, REFRESH by Benjamin Percy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Percy does well by his trapped, uncomprehending men, but his endings are messy and inconclusive."
Ten stories about otherwise ordinary lives haunted by violence and death—Percy's second collection, following The Language of Elk (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 7, 1980

"But this is Percy, our cool Dostoevsky, totally at his leisure (as he wasn't in Lancelot), more personal than ever before (the father-son flashbacks are fine)—and, page for page, there's more acute fiction and better prose here than you're likely to find anywhere else in American writing today."
Percy's fifth novel is tightly bound to the theme of his other four: Why is a person nowadays "two percent of himself"? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN OF THE GREAT LAKE by Percy Trezise
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Try pairing this venerable tale with Greene's equally ancient The Legend of the Cranberry (p. 1143). (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
An Australian author who has retold several Aboriginal tales, often in collaboration with Aboriginal author-artist Dick Roughsey, recounts a tale, remembered in Aboriginal oral history, of the huge lake located—before the Ice Age—between what is now Australia and Papua New Guinea. Read full book review >