Search Results: "Ian Beck"


BOOK REVIEW

BECK by Mal Peet
Released: April 11, 2017

"Heartbreaking, hopeful, and inspired. (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Beck escapes institutional violence and discrimination and mends his spirit through lonely travels across the 1920s Canadian prairie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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TEDDY’S SNOWY DAY by Ian Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The snowboarding sequence (also shown on the cover) will attract children who are interested in that winter sport, and Beck's charming teddy bear is an appealing character who seems destined for further episodes of getting lost. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this sequel to his previous story about a little girl named Lily and her bear named Teddy (Home Before Dark, not reviewed), Beck again follows a basic teddy bear lost-and-found plot line. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF TOM TRUEHEART by Ian Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"For most readers, however, this is likely too much talk and not enough action. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though long, predictable and open-ended, Beck's fantasy may still find a willing audience. Read full book review >

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS by Ian Beck
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Beck's pen and watercolor illustrations are clean and bright, suggesting real streams and jaunty ducks, yet with the popular appeal of cartoons. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``Five little ducks went swimming one day, Over the hills and far away,'' but when Mother duck calls, only four come back. Read full book review >

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PASTWORLD by Ian Beck
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The stereotyped stock characters are likable and the predictable plotlines are enjoyable, so what's wrong with that? (Science fiction. 13-15)"
To a Victorian London setting add a dash of airships, a pinch of spycams and a generous helping of gruesome murder for a collection of story elements bound to please. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 15, 2013

"Stellar fiction about hard living during the Depression."
Fitzjerrell's (The Dividing Season, 2012) engaging tale depicts a Texas town during the Great Depression. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUTTERFINGERS by J.M. Trewellard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"The big Arthur Rackham-like silhouettes aren't the only elements here that will strike readers as familiar, but fans of Angela McAllister's Digory the Dragon Slayer (2006), also illustrated by Beck, will find in Ned a similarly unlikely hero. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Trewellard kicks up her debut with tried-and-true folktale motifs. Read full book review >