Search Results: "Henry Hitchings"


BOOK REVIEW

SORRY! by Henry Hitchings
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"John Cleese's observation that the English are the only people on Earth with clenched hair is more economical, but Hitchings' book, if sometimes overgeneralized, is still a pleasure to read."
He might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an: Gilbert and Sullivan aside, the subject of Hitchings' (The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, 2011) latest is the beleaguered, class-obsessed Anglo-Saxon and the very notion of "Englishness." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2005

"A first-rate synthesis of one of literary history's most astonishing endeavors."
A spirited, learned account of how Samuel Johnson (1709-84), son of a bookseller and sheriff, created the first great English dictionary. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Learned, wise and educative, though a bit weighty for the average nightstand."
Hitchings, who wrote earlier about Samuel Johnson's dictionary (Defining the World, 2005), again displays his astonishing knowledge of the English language's myriad roots. Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE WARS by Henry Hitchings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The Miss Grundy grammarians in the crowd may not always like Hitchings' line of argument, which some will find shockingly permissive because realistic. But word lovers will."
Caring about the propriety and properness of language is so gay. Read full book review >

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UNSPOKEN by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Moving and emotionally charged, the book is capped with a powerful close-up of the child's face on the rear cover with the legend 'What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?' (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farm child and a fugitive make an unspoken connection in this suspenseful, wordless Civil War episode. Read full book review >

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ON MEADOWVIEW STREET by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Gentle persuasion for the naturalist in everyone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
While her father mows the lawn at her new house, Caroline wonders how it could actually reflect the street's name. Read full book review >

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SPOT, THE CAT by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"When child and cat finally reunite, the sweet relief feels immediate and intimate—and all that looking so very much worth it. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Spot, the cat, slinks out an open window and pads through a bustling village, with its concerned owner, a white-skinned child with tousled black hair, trailing behind. Read full book review >

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THE SOMEWHAT TRUE ADVENTURES OF SAMMY SHINE by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Although no one will doubt the eventual outcome, since Sammy is way too cute to fail, this amusing tale will serve well as an early chapter book or read-aloud. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Sammy, a clever pet mouse, lives a contented life until his owner's brother kidnaps him to serve as pilot for a remote-controlled plane. Then his adventures begin. Read full book review >

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SHOCK POINT by April Henry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A potboiler that may appeal to a wide range of young readers and could be useful for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Almost 16, Cassie hates her new psychiatrist stepfather, Rick, in this over-the-top thriller. Read full book review >