Search Results: "Hans Koppel"


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NEVER COMING BACK by Hans Koppel
Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"An abducted-woman thriller with a twist, but Silence of theLambs it's not."
Swedish suburbia is the setting for this thriller about an abducted young woman who is imprisoned and abused—in a house across the street from hers—by the psychiatrist her husband turns to in his fear and despair. Read full book review >

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IRON HANS by Jacob Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Young romantics will revel in the princess's fragile loveliness, the medieval pageantry, and the many meticulously rendered details. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
An unattributed translation of one of the Grimms' more enigmatic tales, in a lush edition with imaginative illustrations and intricate borders. Read full book review >

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IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"An intriguing alternative to the other two. (Picture book/folktale. 8-10)"
Tavares's tidy, literal, clean-lined illustrations give this retelling of a particularly surreal Brothers Grimm tale some welcome grounding in reality. Read full book review >

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KISHKA FOR KOPPEL by Aubrey Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A fresh look at an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional tale of three wishes gone wrong is here retold with a Jewish flavor as a magic meat grinder helps a junk man and his wife remember what's important in life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Charles Dickens. (chronology, index) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The prolific author of beloved fairy tales stars in this short illustrated entry in the What's Their Story? series (see Grant, above) of biographies. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S THUMBELINA by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

Mills shortens Andersen's tale of a miniature child snatched by one prospective suitor after another, and tweaks it to give the protagonist an independent streak: "Yes, I will go now and find my own happiness!" she exclaims, climbing onto the swallow's back to escape marriage to the boring Mole. Read full book review >

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MATILDA AND HANS by Yokococo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Sophistication of illustrations aside, it is essentially a one-joke tale that will leave readers and listeners wondering what the point is—if any—yet still isn't likely to stir up much real interest. (Picture book. 3-6)"
First published in the U.K. in 2012 as Hans and Matilda, this quirky import combines minimal text, an odd twist and charmingly childlike pictures to create a brief (a)morality tale. Read full book review >

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HANS MY HEDGEHOG by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Prickly, a bit funny and a bit dark: classic Grimm, modernized. (author's note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-10)"
Hans, half hedgehog and half human, lives as a hermit, deep in a forest with a rooster steed and an entourage of pigs, happily playing his fiddle, until two kings make promises that send him looking for his just reward: a princess. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Alas, this one isn't a swan after all. (author's note) (Fairy tales. 7-10)
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There are good reasons some of Andersen's tales have gone out of vogue. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hjørdis Varmer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"In all, it makes a lighthearted tale—further brightened by Brøgger's award-winning, kaleidoscopic renditions of Andersen, the paper cuts he often produced as he told stories and fancifully rendered scenes from his life. (bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
Among the most engaging of the spate of Andersen bios published for his 200th birthday, this handsomely designed Danish import presents the writer as a compulsively outgoing, if hypersensitive, fame seeker who "saw a tale in everything he experienced," and "lived in the world of his imagination, where there was always plenty of food and everything was radiant and abundant." Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2005

"Thickly footnoted and thoughtful, this 200th birthday tribute to the great writer makes for rewarding if sometimes arduous reading."
Like a character in one of his own fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen almost magically transformed himself from penniless street urchin to one of Europe's most celebrated authors. Here, a scholarly, penetrating biography proves that Andersen's life also had much of the Dickens novel in it. Read full book review >