Search Results: "James Estrin"


BOOK REVIEW

BALLERINA DREAMS by Lauren Thompson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Includes information about Ferrara (as well as the girls' helpers) and symptoms and treatments for cerebral palsy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
This lovely book focuses on five little girls who long desperately to be ballerinas on stage. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2005

"Regrettable proof that love of language isn't enough all by itself."
Dreary, unfocused tale of a part-Jewish Texas high-school football player named Hitler. Read full book review >

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INSECT DREAMS by Marc Estrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An impressive debut, notable for a generous sense of fun that never detracts from the serious historical and existential implications of all that it so entertainingly depicts."
Gregor Samsa returns, albeit still in cockroach form, in this survey course of early 20th-century Western history packaged as a sequel to Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Read full book review >

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HEAVEN’S WITNESS by Joseph Telushkin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Telushkin (Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well, 1996, etc.) and his TV collaborator Estrin have produced a fleet, pulpy thriller—Mary Higgins Clark with teeth—that's especially good at balancing belief and skepticism about reincarnation."
What happens when the key witness to an old murder was born five years after the events she recounts? 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

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

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BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE EDGE! by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Best friends Bird and Squirrel embark upon a new graphic-novel adventure, in which they make a new friend and find the dynamics of their friendship changing. Read full book review >

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FARM by James Brown
by James Brown, illustrated by James Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Simple and beautiful. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A graphically striking introduction to farm animals. Read full book review >

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BEEP AND BAH by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"It's a ride is rich enough in slapstick, comical mishaps, jokes and general silliness to make anyone want to invite themselves along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an improbably compelling quest, a goat and a rolling robot go on the hunt for a single sock's mate. Read full book review >

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DIG, DOGS, DIG by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"No new ground is excavated here, but these cheerful canines build up a charming bond with their intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dozen dogs and one black cat work hard to build a playground in this amusing story that will please kids who love excavators, cranes and dump trucks. Read full book review >