Search Results: "James Franco"


BOOK REVIEW

PALO ALTO by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A collection of beautifully written stories that are also uncompromisingly stark and somber."
Bleak tales of growing up in the eponymous city. Read full book review >

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ACTORS ANONYMOUS by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Loosely structured in the extreme, the novel seems to have been written in odd moments while Franco was taking a break from his acting career—and it was probably more fun for him to write than it is for the reader to read."
Actor Franco's experimental first novel (Palo Alto: Stories, 2010) focuses on the field he knows best—acting. Read full book review >

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DOWN THE WORMHOLE by Ana Franco
Released: March 17, 2015

"A nifty concept that's not well-executed; mythology fans have better options."
Debut YA fantasy à la Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. Read full book review >

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A SPECTACULAR SELECTION OF SEA CRITTERS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz's latest collaboration proves the third time's a charm. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In their third picture-book outing, Franco and Wertz (A Dazzling Display of Dogs, 2011, etc.) dive into the sea. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >

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A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF CATS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Capturing the spirit of each verse, Wertz turns a collection of otherwise unremarkable visual poems into a true treat for the eyes. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Franco's witty but uneven collection of concrete poems celebrating feline antics is accompanied by striking illustrations done in pencil and finished in monoprint and Photoshop. 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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ITALY FROM I TO Y? by James De Franco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"Best suited for readers with a vested interest in Italy or Australia, or cultural comparisons in general."
A collection of anecdotes about the author's life in Italy and Australia. Read full book review >

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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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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Betsy Franco
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Love, in all its raw, uncensored intensity is here wonderfully captured in verse by teens for teens. (Poetry. 13 & up)"
Romantic love brings out a whole range of emotions, and all are on display in this richly diverse collection of poems. Read full book review >