Search Results: "James Astill"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2013

"A stirring study by an enthusiast of the game."
The Economist's South Asia bureau chief finds the game of cricket a telling metaphor for what ails and heals the new India. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WORK, DOGS, WORK by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Big trucks, jovial dogs and snappy rhyming text serve again as the building blocks of another successful entry in this solidly built series. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A crew comprising cheerful, cartoon-style canines and one cleverly camouflaged cat continues their construction careers in this third entry in an engaging series, following Dig, Dogs, Dig and Build, Dogs, Build (both 2013). Read full book review >

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THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY MUTTON by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans. (Graphic collection. 6-10)"
Johnny Mutton, he's so him! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE CLEMENTINE by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Pleasant pictures for pretend-play fanatics; a sweet story for siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Clementine receives a first-aid kit (complete with otoscope, tongue depressor and reflex hammer!) as a birthday present and assumes a new identity: Nurse Clementine. Read full book review >

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BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words; here's one story that would be better with no words at all. (Graphic adventure. 6-10)"
Burks manages to turn The Odd Couple into an adventure story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 25, 2008

"Johnny's debut is slender, even for the price, but he's a true crowd-pleaser: playful, clever and ever ready to forgive, forget or bellow out a BOO. (Graphic novel. 5-7)"
Kochalka dishes up a brief episode in comics-style panels, featuring two ghosts, a monster, melted ice cream and burping. Read full book review >

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PUZZLEHEAD by James Yang
by James Yang, illustrated by James Yang
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2009

"Colorful, digitally rendered, geometric creatures scamper and play abstractly like a Calder mobile, but the text is rather flat, and the message is either intriguingly multifaceted or just, well, puzzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The world is ripe for exploring with friends, but Puzzlehead (his head is a toppled capital E) can't seem to find his groove. Read full book review >