Search Results: "Helen Thomas"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2002

"Inherently amiable and sometimes uproarious, if often old-hat."
Nine American presidents appear with less majesty but more humanity in this light but slight series of anecdotes and jokes from former UPI White House bureau chief and Hearst syndicated columnist Thomas (Front Row at the White House, 1999). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2006

"The answer to the title: Journalists, the putative watchdogs of democracy, are becoming the lapdogs of government. Thank you, Mr. President."
The octogenarian doyenne of the White House press troupe (long privileged to end press conferences with "Thank you, Mr. President") reports on the current state of journalism and finds the profession remiss in many substantial ways. Read full book review >

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FRONT ROW AT THE WHITE HOUSE by Helen Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1999

"A crisply written account of jousting between presidents and press, but without much insight into these two institutions that Thomas so clearly reveres. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A straightforward, though not reflective, memoir from Thomas (Dateline: White House, 1975) on the best beat in the world—covering every president from JFK to Clinton for United Press International. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE BREAKOUT by Helen Thomas
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Bok's dynamic, detail-crammed illustrations will prove great fun for kids and a treat for adults alike, as they are done in the wry, witty style of his political cartoons. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sam feels pretty sorry for himself. Read full book review >

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EVERY TIME I SPEAK, I WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

UNWITTING WISDOM by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Turning the perfectly simple into the ostentatious, Ward has forgotten that 'fine feathers do not make fine birds.' (Picture book/folktales. 7-12)"
The title of this overblown exercise is just wrong: whoever Aesop was, that teller was deeply aware of the wisdom in the fables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >

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ANGIE THOMAS
by Maya Payne Smart

It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." Read full book review >

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PENGUIN IN PERIL by Helen Hancocks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"The penguin in peril prevails in this fresh and funny English import. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is a truth universally acknowledged that cats in possession of a penguin must be in want of fish. Read full book review >

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DELICIOUS! by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Recipe for Pink Soup included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cat, Duck and Squirrel from Pumpkin Soup (1999) and A Pipkin of Pepper (2005), return in another culinary adventure. Read full book review >