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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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ANDREW DREW AND DREW by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Joyful imagination, plain and simple. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An unassuming boy, a single lead pencil and plenty of fresh white space make for a true descendent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, with its own flavor. Read full book review >

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STANLEY AND THE CLASS PET by Barney Saltzberg
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"An excellent choice for discussions about both peer pressure and friendship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his third outing, Stanley the hamster learns firsthand what happens when you give in to peer pressure. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM WITH PUMPKINS by Barney Saltzberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Cartoony watercolors lend a smart animation to this tale of chums finding common ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A delightfully dry humor courses through this three-part Halloween treat. Read full book review >