Search Results: "J. Hoberman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Urbane, witty cultural history."
Sharp analysis of postwar-era Hollywood by a leading film critic and historian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 17, 1997

"Unfortunately, the author belabors his points, and some of his hyperbolic social arguments run away with him. (b&w line drawings)"
A white scholar's righteous (at times even self-righteous) debunking of the racial folklore of American sports, which made complex legends of Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali, and a contemporary icon and media commodity of Michael Jordan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 1992

"Not quite a world-beater—and a bit of a downer for an Olympic year—but worth the attention of anyone serious about the future of humanity in the sporting arena and beyond."
An ambitious and jolting, if occasionally turgid, investigation into the origins and wider implications of the contemporary union of science and sport. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES! by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"French artist Boutavant's stylized, digitally produced illustrations are a clear departure from Fraser's watercolors, but they share a high attention to detail, inviting children to pore over pictures for new discoveries on every page opening. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers who approach this title expecting a 21st-century love-makes-a-family message overtly embracing adoptive, queer, blended and other diverse family constellations will be disappointed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COZY BOOK by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Accept this as riotously pell-mell wordplay and as a catalog of a child's world—then it's right on the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The word cozy—warmth, ease, snugness—may not be the perfect choice for this compendium of hundreds of action and sensory experiences associated with one long day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Full of insight and lots of fun. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-9)"
Thirty wise, witty, neatly constructed poems, from a spirited definition (``Whether there's ten or there's two in your family,/All of your family plus you is a family!'') to an inclusive celebration (``Our Family Comes from Round the World''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"And what fun this is for readers and listeners alike. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Playful rhymes celebrate the sheer joy of reading in this exuberant read-aloud collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FINE FAT PIG by Mary Ann Hoberman
POETRY
Released: March 15, 1991

"The poems do make good companions to the naive paintings, whose bold forms and colors will especially appeal to young children while their elders enjoy the exquisite balance of the vibrant tones.~(Poetry/Picture bool. 2+)"
Fourteen paintings of animals in a modern ``folk art'' style, accompanied by amusing, deftly phrased verse that seems to have been devised for the art, rather than the reverse: while Hoberman's usual wit and craftsmanship are in evidence, the book as a whole has less unity than her other popular titles (A House Is a House for Me, 1978). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORGET-ME-NOTS by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"An oversized, ambitious collection of verse that, in the end, proves sadly forgettable. (Poetry. 8-14)"
Over 120 poems, with accompanying illustrations, selected to help young readers discover the pleasures of committing verse to memory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LIKE OLD CLOTHES by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"With Barton's nuanced illustrations, Hoberman's 36-year-old hand-me-down poem defines sustainability for the next generation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hand-me-downs gain new poetic life in this charming picture-book remake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2005

"Sure to draw giggles from the most reluctant young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A companion to the two earlier volumes put out by this duo, this venture features original stories based on Mother Goose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. O’LEARY’S COW by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

In this adaptation of Brian Wilson's song (originally about the supposed origins of the "Great Chicago Fire"), the excitement begins when the cow kicks over the lantern. Read full book review >