Search Results: "Hanneke van der Meer"


BOOK REVIEW

WITCHY & WILLIAM by Hanneke van der Meer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2014

"Other than that creepy giant elephant in the room, Witchy's story isn't exactly bewitching, save for the tidy design. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A young witch helps a giant out in a simple fairy-tale app. Read full book review >

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THE PICK AND SHOP MARKETPLACE by Ron Van der Meer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This three- dimensional paper stage is sure to inspire lessons in math and object-naming, as well as some plain old pretend. (Pop-up. 4-8)"
The Pick And Shop Marketplace ($19.99; Oct. 1, 1996; 4 pp.; 0-679-87476-3): The four pages of this ``book'' are actually four panels that become the backdrop for a pretend shopping spree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Kids will love the ingenious three-dimensional objects that slip out of various enclosures and dangle from strings; grownups may find that they finally understand the principles of trigonometryor at least that puzzling them out is a lot more fun with visual aids."
British math instructor Gardner and designer Van der Meer (Your Amazing Senses, 1987) give us a magnificently produced volumemore like a game book than an instructional manualthat might amuse even the most die-hard math-hater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUSIC PACK by Ron Van der Meer
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"Twenty Masterpieces,'' covering, chronologically, Josquin des Prez to Berlioz. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Van der Meer and Berkeley (The Art Pack, not reviewed) present a pop-up book for grown-ups, with a cavalcade of inventive pull- tabs, flaps, and paper-engineering gewgaws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDISH THINGS by Marita van der Vyver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"An engaging account of adolescence, those fraught years when everything is deadly serious and nothing can be taken for granted- -especially in a place like South Africa."
From the author of Entertaining Angels (1995), a bittersweet if at times pretentious evocation of adolescence in South Africa in the '70s, a time of violent upheavals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAMING THE BEAST by Katinka van der Merwe
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A useful guidebook on fibromyalgia that encourages sufferers to explore nontraditional treatments."
A chiropractic physician offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing fibromyalgia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOOD NAZI by Dan van der Vat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"Writing with irony and intelligence, van der Vat forces us to confront Speer anew. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
The best biography yet on the self-described ``second man in the Reich.'' Albert Speer has long occupied a singular niche in history: that of the ``good Nazi,'' a decent and civilized man whose first love was architecture and who wished nothing more than to rebuild Germany from the misery of WW I and the worldwide depression of the 1930s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENTERTAINING ANGELS by Marita van der Vyver
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Mixing honest prose and literary allusion with dreams and politics, van der Vyver has written a funny, intelligent, and inventive novel."
This Afrikaans debut novel, which became a bestseller and garnered South Africa's biggest literary prize, tells a modern-day fairy tale with an irreverent, feminist twist. Read full book review >

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POUNDING THE PAVEMENT by Jennifer van der Kwast
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2005

"Well-intentioned though lackluster first novel."
Job trouble, love trouble and a 20-something heroine—sounds like another stroll down chick-lit lane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAP by Rink van der Velde
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

The Trap ($22.00; Feb. 1997; 147 pp.; 1-877946-80-X): The first English translation of a spare and disturbing 1966 novel, set in the Netherlands during the German occupation in WW II. Read full book review >