Search Results: "Jane Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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AHMED AND THE FEATHER GIRL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF THE CREATION by Jane Ray
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Also available in Spanish (with the biblical text from Ediciones Paulinas, 1974). (Bible/Picture book. 3+)"
An illustrator whose elegantly beautiful The Story of Christmas was a 1991 ALA Notable Book brings the same striking blend of folk motifs and Middle Eastern references to a handsome rendition of the King James version of the Creation. Read full book review >

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THE APPLE-PIP PRINCESS by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Ray's trademark illustrations of vibrant scenes and delicate details enliven this satisfying, original fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since the queen's death, the heart has gone out of the kingdom. Read full book review >

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RAY HARRYHAUSEN by Ray Harryhausen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A must for special-effects aficionados and geeky fantasy addicts everywhere."
The king of stop-motion animation lays out his varied career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAY GUN by Dean Kuipers
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"The anthology offers a stunning gallery of cutting-edge design, but its highly experimental mix of images and text is likely to make it of interest only to designers and the already initiated."
This anthology drawn from the pages of Ray Gun, one of the most visually idiosyncratic and original music magazines now being published, demonstrates just how consistently inventive and challenging the design of the magazine is but doesn't make the ``new niche cool'' publication any easier to understand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEPHANT'S GARDEN by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Readers who can get over the story's peculiar device will find a fine tale about the importance of keeping secrets and the dangers of greed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Who or what is eating the best fruits in Jasmine's garden? Read full book review >