Search Results: "James Barney"


BOOK REVIEW

THE JOSHUA STONE by James Barney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"If, as one of the scientists in this book puts it, 'Einstein himself was confounded by this material,' the reader is merely underwhelmed."
Barney, whose 2011 debut The Genesis Key imagined a historical conspiracy involving the discovery of genes that control longevity, returns with a Bible-based thriller about ancient stones with the power to bend time. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE BIT OF OOMPH! by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A heaping helping of abstract uplift. (Pop-up/picture book. 5-15)"
Emphatic colors and overall tone, plus transformations worked in part by inventive paper engineering, punch up a series of inspirational slogans in this follow-up to Beautiful Oops! (2010). Read full book review >

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STAR OF THE WEEK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Stanley is truly the champion of the underdog—or hamster, as the case may be. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stanley, Saltzberg's plucky hamster from Crazy Hair Day (2003) fame, returns to cope with the perils of performance anxiety and other grade-school angst in this wryly comical tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY HAIR DAY by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Right you are, Stanley. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Saltzberg conveys the pleasing goofiness of special days at school when students can let their hair down—Pajama Day, Sixties Day, or best of all: Crazy Hair Day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEA WITH GRANDPA by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"The welcome modern twist to Saltzberg's intergenerational story is sweetly affirming for today's far-flung families. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl and her grandpa do not let distance keep them from their daily commitment to have tea together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SOCCER MOM FROM OUTER SPACE by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Parents and children both will benefit from this ribtickler. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Saltzberg (The Flying Garbanzos, not reviewed, etc.) gives parent cheerleaders a boost with this droll tale of a young soccer player and his excitable mom. Read full book review >

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THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR A HOT DOG STAND by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 1995

"With multicolored, oddly shaped buildings and funny-looking cartoon creatures with pointy ears or pointy noses and beady eyes, the residents and residences are a unique lot, but their concerns are part of every neighborhood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Izzy, sick of working in a toy factory, decides to open a hot dog stand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE THIS BOOK by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"An absolutely nifty invitation to children to create and share their own wee books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every child has a story inside...or two or three or more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL AROUND THE SEASONS by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Lacking the flare and humor of the stories featuring Saltzberg's usual characters (hamster Stanley and piglet Cornelius P. Mud), this rhyming look at the seasons falls a little flat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A rhyming salute to the four seasons. Read full book review >

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CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp2005 and perfectly captures the effervescence of childhood imagination. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cornelius, the irrepressible pig, is often upside down. Read full book review >

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CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR BED? by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"With only a few very large words per page for text, and figures placed against featureless, unevenly brushed backgrounds in the art, this helter-skelter bedtime ritual even has a David-ish look—but its unique tack makes it more that just borrowed goods. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an amusing counterpart to David Shannon's instant classic No, David! (1998), a cheery piglet calls out affirmatives to a series of bedtime queries from an oblivious parent: "Have you put your toys away?" Read full book review >