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

I’M GOING TO GRANDMA’S by Mary Ann Hoberman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2007

"While this has limited applicability, it may alleviate some anxiety or help some grandparents start a new tradition, and is a sweet tale on its own. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The first time a granddaughter sleeps over, Grandma makes her a little more comfortable when she tells the story of her special quilt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Nifty. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hoberman and Emberley return with their fourth collaboration of short read-aloud stories in verse, this time a baker's dozen of goofy-scary original ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S SIMPLE, SAID SIMON by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers who never have liked the way the Gingerbread Boy meets his end will be pleased by Simon's escape—easily. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In sketchy, expressive watercolors, So (Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, 1999, etc.) deftly shifts the scene from city sidewalk to jungle path as a strolling lad takes on more and more difficult challenges from animals met along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN SILLY EATERS by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Point taken—the antidote for picky eaters (and for the happy trials of large families) is a good sense of humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hoberman (The Cozy Book, 1995, etc.) renders the story of finicky eaters with an understatement that both children and those who cook for them will appreciate. Read full book review >