Search Results: "Ian Halperin"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRE AND RAIN by Ian Halperin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Despite the amount of time Halperin spends on Taylor's considerable difficulties, the affection he has for Taylor's music, best exhibited by the interviews with fans that are scattered throughout the book, shines throughout."
The turbulent life, loves, and career of pop star James Taylor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN CHICKENS GROW TEETH by Wendy Anderson Halperin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, an overall softening of the characters' eccentricities makes this version needlessly skim over the hearty, bucolic humor for which the tale, setting, and two protagonists were created. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a fall from a ladder leaves jolly Antoine (known as Toine) bedridden, it also puts him at the mercy of his shrewish wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEACE by Wendy Anderson Halperin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Soft-spoken, yet powerful; Halperin not only tells, she makes readers think, which is the best way to learn. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It is difficult to teach the concept of peace, especially through words alone. Wisely, Halperin buttresses her words visually. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations—delicate, vivacious clusters of pencil-and-watercolor images of people working—generate a light of their own, turning each righthand page into a multi-framed visual telling that enhances the anecdotes and intrigue of the text on the left. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Halperin (When Chicken Grow Teeth, 1996, etc.) offers an ode to young entrepreneurs who happen to be her children, and the involvement of relatives, neighbors, and friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR by David Halperin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2011

"Whether it's a nervous breakdown with flying saucers or a Burroughs-like odyssey through religious allegory, this novel never coalesces into a convincing story."
An adolescent boy copes with his religious heritage and personal demons through a staggeringly lush fantasy life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2012

"Timberg and Halperin may ruffle feathers with some of their unorthodox views, but they present a forceful case with which future students of HIV and AIDS will have to reckon."
Timberg, the former Johannesburg bureau chief for the Washington Post and current deputy national security editor, and Halperin, an epidemiologist and AIDS expert at Harvard, trace the history, growth and spread of HIV and present what will in the minds of many be a controversial approach to addressing the disease. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Afterword. (Fiction. 8+)"
Left with an aunt when their widowed father escaped Poland in 1940 (``It's not safe for Jewish men...[but] No civilized country would hurt women and children''), Jacob Gutgeld and his brothers were sent to different hiding places outside the Warsaw Ghetto as the Nazis' intentions became evident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING TO DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Some might see a contradiction in suggesting so many ways to fill in idle hours—but the idea that such might come along now and then is a worthy one to introduce to readers with over-structured lives. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this heartfelt, if not particularly logical, plea to make the most of unstructured time, Wood catalogues ways to enjoy it, and as is her wont, Halperin really fills in the details. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PETERKINS’ THANKSGIVING by Elizabeth Spurr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The Lady from Philadelphia, who usually unties the Peterkins' Gordian knots, is offstage here, the recipient of Elizabeth Eliza's missives. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the late-19th century, Lucretia Hale's hilarious Peterkin Papers followed the misadventures of a family who were the ancestors of The Stupids and Amelia Bedelia. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU, GOD, FOR EVERYTHING by August Gold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A little girl named Daisy is encouraged by her parents to cultivate gratitude in this gentle, encouraging story of Christian faith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VISIT by Reeve Lindbergh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The relationship between 'tall sister' and 'small sister' is charming and tender, and the poetry is rhythmic without being clunky. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It would take a hard heart indeed not to love Halperin's signature watercolor-and-pencil illustrations with their dulcet colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOMEPLACE by Anne Shelby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

This quick skip through seven generations of farmers living in the same, ever-expanding house seems less a celebration of family roots than a showcase for Halperin's distinctive talents. Read full book review >