Search Results: "Hans Koppel"


BOOK REVIEW

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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TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Lovely. (All ages)"
Hans Christian Andersen wrote more than 160 stories, 13 of which are retold by critic Lewis and revitalized with Stewart's winsome, quirky illustrations in this hefty, beautiful collection. 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 >