Search Results: "Ian Simpson Ross"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFE OF ADAM SMITH by Ian Simpson Ross
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"With a minimum of pedantic intrusions, Ross makes a masterly job not only of putting Smith in the context of his turbulent times, but also of shedding light on his humane subject's wide- ranging contributions to Western thought. (20 halftones, not seen)"
A principal virtue of this scholarly but animated and accessible biography of the Scottish polymath Adam Smith is that it puts paid to any notion Smith was either a single-issue crusader or an ivory-tower intellectual. Read full book review >

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LITTLE WOLF'S DIARY OF DARING DEEDS by Ian Whybrow
ANIMALS
Released: May 16, 2000

"Peppered with phonetic spelling and lots of obvious mistakes, the format will let children revel in being smarter that Little Wolf. (map) (Fiction. 810)"
Whybrow's (Little Wolf's Book of Badness, 1999) second Little Wolf story includes every element needed to make an engrossing read for children: lost gold, travel, a villain, a ghost, and no parents! Read full book review >

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LITTLE WOLF’S HAUNTED HALL FOR SMALL HORRORS by Ian Whybrow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

"Ross scatters inkblots and line drawings liberally across the pages of Little Wolf's letters home, capturing the combination of low-level-foolery and creative orthography that characterizes this farcical import. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The spelling-challenged correspondent of Little Wolf's Book of Badness (1999) and Little Wolf's Diary of Daring Deeds (p.641) turns from would-be schoolmaster to a new vocation in this heavily illustrated eyeroller. Read full book review >

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LITTLE WOLF, FOREST DETECTIVE by Ian Whybrow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers unfamiliar with this import's first three installments may trip over a few continuing plot threads, but there's plenty of noodleheaded humor, plus healthy doses of deduction and derring-do, to keep the howls coming. (Fiction. 8-10)"
From Frettnin Forest, Beastshire, the orthographically challenged correspondent introduced in Little Wolf's Book of Badness (1999) again reports nefarious doings and silly misadventures to his unsympathetic parents. Read full book review >

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UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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A REGULAR GUY by Mona Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

With a bestselling debut (Anywhere But Here, 1987) followed by a shaky sequel (The Lost Father, 1991), Simpson has a lot riding on her latest effort—which proves to be a challenging but less-than- riveting saga of a girl who finally meets her larger-than-life father but has difficulty getting his attention. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN ELEGY by Jeffrey Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

"Uncomfortable in its finality, direct but not always graceful in style, this book is best read as the fulfillment of a final descendant's lifetime obsession."
An engaging if ultimately somber 200-year history of a family and the rise and decline of the small Pennsylvania town that was their home. Read full book review >

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BALLROOM by Alice Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Readers who enjoy seeing inside the hearts and minds of others will relish sharing the lives of Simpson's creations."
Simpson brings to life the vibrant essence of the Ballroom, a once-grand dance club in late 1990s New York City, in her debut novel. Read full book review >

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GETTING A LIFE by Helen Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2001

"Drab, elitist victimhood dressed up in glittery prose."
A third collection from Somerset Maugham-winner Simpson (Four Bare Legs in a Bed, 1992, etc.): nine bitter stories, many loosely interconnected, about upper-middle-class British women overburdened by family. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >