Search Results: "Jay Rayner"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Readers will be delighted to participate vicariously in the globetrotting feast of an inquisitive glutton who remembers that somebody has to pay for it all."
A book-length quest to understand the 21st century's international gastronomic revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EATING CROW by Jay Rayner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"This British newcomer deserves praise for not hewing to a more simple black-comic narrative, but like Basset, he flies too high, too fast and gets burned for his efforts."
Food critic with one kill to his name is thrown into remorse and ends up as the world's official conscience—in an occasionally amusing debut by the restaurant critic for the London Observer . Read full book review >

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SOLOMON CROCODILE by Catherine Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"Light and entertaining fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Solomon Crocodile annoys and irritates the other creatures in the swamp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABIGAIL by Catherine Rayner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A richly illustrated story that could benefit from better page design and crisper storytelling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gorgeous, lush illustrations strengthen a somewhat loosely connected story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEAR WHO SHARED by Catherine Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Simple and sublime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three forest animals square off over a juicy piece of fruit but avert conflict. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARTH PIG STEALS THE SHOW by Mary Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Told with Rayner's usual brisk good humor and nicely illustrated with deftly drawn, lively, and cheerfully resourceful pigs: a funny story with just enough suspense, sure to star with groups and independent readers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome return for little Garth and his big family; here, they've formed a band and are in concert with the help of a ringer, a lavender-gowned sousaphonist easily recognized (though not by the Pigs) as a wolf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEPHANT by Richard Rayner
Released: March 1, 1992

"At first he comes close to scoring, but as his account degenerates—becomes long-winded, confused, even tedious- -it's ultimately easy to say no."
A Yorkshire journalist finds himself overdrawn at the Bank of Morality as he competes with the mythic image of his lying, boozing, womanizing father; Rayner (Los Angeles Without a Map, 1989) dishes out loaded material with surprisingly little impact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWO WEEK WAIT by Sarah Rayner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"Ripe for filming, this novel is both poignant and authentic."
Love doesn't always follow the rules. Should creating a child be any different? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE HAPPY TIGER by Catherine Rayner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"An engrossing, luscious board book that's sure to become a staple. (Board book. 1-3)"
A tiger makes some friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CLOUD SKETCHER by Richard Rayner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2001

"Rayner (Murder Book, 1997, etc.) captures the vaunting spirit of skyscrapers and their creators with delicacy and freshness. Too bad he fell back on hackneyed plot devices."
An atmospheric, if ultimately overwrought, story of love and architecture in war-torn Finland and 1920s New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRIS FINDS HIS FEET by Catherine Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A lovely lesson delivered with a deft touch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A grandfather hare takes a frisky youngster on an odyssey of (self-)discovery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYLVIA AND BIRD by Catherine Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"In all, though, it may impress the adult eye more than a child's. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this quiet tale about friendship, Sylvia the dragon is lonely. Read full book review >