Search Results: "Jane R. Howard"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I'M HUNGRY by Jane R. Howard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The simple idea is nicely realized in Sloat's bright, charmingly detailed illustrations, which vary the child's size in accordance with the animal companions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Munching breakfast of cereal and fruit, a child ruminates about how different animals eat, many of them—puppies, a toy monkey, a squirrel spied through a window—suggested in the realistic first picture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"There is the core of a good idea here, but it's absolutely buried under mounds of tedious, blandly presented data."
This unsurprising, number-crunching survey of almost 4,000 students at America's best colleges recalls that dullest of freshman classes: Statistics 101. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LADY CORNARO by Jane Howard Guernsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Limited introduction to a woman who is a heroine of Vassar graduates and other women scholars. (55 b&w illustrations)"
A praiseworthy if perfunctory biography of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the "first woman in the world" to receive a university doctorate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARKING TIME by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Released: Aug. 5, 1992

"Comfortable, literate, but very slow lane."
A perfect if inauspicious title for this second course of Howard's Cazalet Chronicles (begun with The Light Years, 1990), since this latest is all idling before something big happens—as the Cazalet writer-to-be, Clary, puts it, ``We need people to be in love with....We'll just have to wait.'' The waiting begins right after Chamberlain's ``peace with honor'' falls through and Hitler marches into Poland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE ELSE'S WAR by Howard R. Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Fraser's (lack of) character is unfortunate, and the story unfolds slowly and with little suspense, but, still, it's an interesting one, set in a place and time that Simpson evokes with skill and obvious knowledge."
A tired and disillusioned longtime CIA operative in Vietnam is ordered to terminate one of his agents, also his only friend, as Simpson (A Very Large Consulate, 1988; etc.) continues to mine his 1950s and '60s past as a USIA officer in Vietnam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 1992

"Particularly engaging as a chronicle of French defeat and, despite all best advice, the taking up of the doomed struggle by the US."
Memoir of Vietnam by the author of A Very Large Consulate (1988) and other novels, including one about the French war against the Vietnamese (To a Silent Valley, 1961). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE TOSS OF THE DICE by R. Howard Bloch
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A deeply informed investigation into a radically innovative poet."
The creation and influence of an iconic modernist poem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 1994

"Post-conference editing would have given the collection some badly needed coherence ."
This collection of essays addresses the evolving goals, functions, values, and even definitions of museums since the end of WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 28, 1990

"A comprehensive overview that inspires as well as informs."
Science/sf writers Bova and Preiss present a wide-ranging discussion of mankind's search for alien life, along with an intriguing section on how amateurs can help scan for signals from distant planets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERIOUS TROUBLE by Arthur  Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Tucking plenty of wordplay into the brief text to complement his playful, loosely drawn illustrations, Howard produces another child-friendly episode, this one with an underlying message about parental expectations and being allowed to be one's own fool. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Another perceptive, deceptively cartoonish tale from Howard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PIGGIE CHRISTMAS by Howard Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"But there will be snorts and chortles galore in this exuberant holiday offering. (Picture book. 6-9)"
If Marge Palatini's Piggie Pie (1995) and Zoom Broom (1998) made your stomach hurt from laughter, you may need medical attention after getting a gander at these porcine takes on five familiar Christmas songs from the same illustrator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOODWINKED by Arthur  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"These illustrations enhance and enrich an amusing story that is sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When it's time to choose a pet, a young witch named Mitzi requires something that is definitely not cute or cuddly. Read full book review >