Search Results: "Howard Shrier"


BOOK REVIEW

BOSTON CREAM by Howard Shrier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Shrier's third (High Chicago, 2009, etc.) is a near miss. Slam-bang action scenes and deft writing can't quite pump up the slightness of the story."
My son, the doctor, is missing. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS FIVE by Arthur  Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"A quietly comic work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jeremy tells what his life was like when he was five. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR EMPIRE! by Abby Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)"
A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac. Read full book review >

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THE HUBBUB ABOVE by Arthur  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"The United Nations could use a Sydney—most households could, too. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A heavenly quiet on the 52nd floor, high above chaotic Manhattan, is shattered when the new upstairs neighbors turn out to be elephants. Read full book review >

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MY DREAM DOG by Arthur  Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Certainly an ode to dog lovers, the conclusion may leave readers perplexed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy wonders what his dog dreams about. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Written in a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts style, this volume is best suited to those who have some grounding in Jewish history. (timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 13+)"
A history of the founding of the State of Israel through inspiring profiles of three of its most important founders. Read full book review >

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COSMO ZOOMS by Arthur  Howard
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Howard demonstrates how chance plays a sweet role in life, and, with a few strokes of the brush, makes readers care about Cosmo and his yearning to achieve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Howard (When I Was Five, 1996, etc.) taps into both the sheer pleasure of skateboarding, as well as its condition of near- pandemonium. Read full book review >

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF COURAGE by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Zina regains her voice and Bertrand loses his fear, but they never clearly realize just why they've been sent away, and readers expecting them to reach safety will find the conclusion precipitate. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A dry, disappointing story of two children fleeing Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >

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THE OUROBOROS by Howard Coale
Released: Feb. 28, 1990

Here's a story of erotic obsession that is also a textbook example of the first-novel-as-narrator's-attempt-at-self-definition. Read full book review >

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THE TOWER ROOM by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"It doesn't quite ring true that the other girl knows about the abortion, or that Aunt Olive doesn't know of the second entrance into the tower; but those are small flaws in an unusually engaging story with a real heartwarmer of a conclusion. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After her mother's death in 1953, fifth-grader Mary Brooke comes to share the family home with Aunt Olive, who's been living there alone. Read full book review >

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A LOVER'S ALMANAC by Maureen Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A worthy gathering—sometimes Dos Passos, sometimes Faulkner, sometimes Howard—that would have offered greater pleasures, as almanac and otherwise, at, say, two thirds its length."
The attempt here—a novel as expansive as an almanac, with a bit of everything in it—raises Howard's latest sometimes to considerable heights but as often slows it to a crawl through lives and commentary not always interesting enough for the trip. Read full book review >