Search Results: "Isabelle Brent"


BOOK REVIEW

ISABELLE by John Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1998

"This quirky volume, which is sparsely but handsomely illustrated with its subject's own line drawings, is flawed by occasional Middle Eastern mystical fatuousness, but nevertheless offers a crisp, intriguing portrait of an extraordinarily enigmatic and interesting woman."
Subtitled A Story in Shots, this trim "novel" is in fact a screenplay whose scenes describe the brief, impassioned life of 19th-century traveler and adventuress Isabelle Eberhardt. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS HORSE AND THE THREE WISE MEN by Isabelle Brent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"An uneven effort that reflects a lack of understanding of the intended audience. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The journey of the three Magi on their travels to the birthplace of Jesus is recounted from the point of view of a horse. Read full book review >

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NOAH'S ARK by Isabelle Brent
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, the sheer beauty of these illuminations is sure to draw readers of all ages. (Nonfiction. 3+)"
The title page of this beautifully illustrated edition of the story of Noah (as it appears in the Revised English Bible) states that Brent has ``illuminated'' the text, a fair description of her meticulous, ornamental work. Read full book review >

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IN THE HOUSE OF HAPPINESS by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2003

Philip and Brent (Noah and the Devil, 2001, etc.) collaborate again to offer a lovely collection of prayers. Read full book review >

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NOAH AND THE DEVIL by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Indeed, it is the shimmering art that transforms what is a somewhat less successful text into a worthy addition to the folklore shelves. (author's source note) (Folktale/picture book. 5-8)"
Illustrated with Brent's (Celtic Fairytales, not reviewed, etc.) glorious, gold-drenched watercolors, Philip weaves a number of Romanian pourquoi tales into the biblical story of Noah and the ark. Read full book review >

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FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"For collections that need yet one more Grimm, this is a good choice to hand to middle graders who are starting to think they are too old for fairy tales. (Folklore. 9-12)"
A lovely edition of tales that hearkens back to the stories' roots in oral telling and wordplay. Read full book review >

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE by Oscar Wilde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Classic tales wonderfully adorned with Brent's lustrous, jewel-toned illumination. (Stories/Fiction. All ages)"
After over 100 years, Wilde's fairy tales have lost none of their tragic beauty, or their sly humor, to which these nine bear witness. Read full book review >

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ISABELLE THE NAVIGATOR by Luke Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Soggy and silly."
Young woman adrift on a sea of sophomoric philosophy. Read full book review >

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ISABELLE: The Life of Isabelle Eberhardt by Annette Kobak
Released: April 10, 1989

Fascinating biography of a brilliant, tormented eccentric. Read full book review >

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SAINT ANTHONY THE GREAT by John Chryssavgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 7, 2015

"While not destined to have wide appeal, the book tells the story of a saint deeply important in both the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox traditions, filling a critical niche. (appendix, timeline, further reading, map, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A brief introduction to the early Christian mystic and saint. Read full book review >

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SEE ISABELLE RUN by Elizabeth Bloom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2005

"An appealing heroine and an intriguing mystery undercut by the world's most unconvincing hit man and an extended finale that leaves the killer at large—not, it's to be hoped, for the encore Isabelle so richly deserves. "
Bloom, who's written as Beth Saulnier about enterprising reporter Alex Bernier (Ecstasy, 2003, etc.), introduces another winning heroine in this tale of murder at a New York media mogul's empire. Read full book review >

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AMY AND ISABELLE by Elizabeth Strout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"But Strout demonstrates exceptional poise, and an uncommon ability to render complex emotions with clarity and a sympathetic intelligence, evoking comparisons with the work of Alice Munro and Anne Tyler. (Author tour)"
A lyrical, closely observant first novel, charting the complex, resilient relationship of a mother and daughter. Read full book review >