Search Results: "Jeanie Franz Ransom"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DO PARENTS DO? (WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME) by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Giggles abound as this cheerful tale of imagined role-reversal plucks at the seams of conventionality and lets out a little stuffing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this rollicking flight of fancy, a boy and his sister are spending the night at their grandparent's house. Read full book review >

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COWBOY CAR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Go west, young car. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An urban auto finds fulfillment in the not-so-wild west. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA U by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kids might get a chuckle out of the baby doll whose head falls when Molly forgets to give it enough support, and the diaper episode is good gross fun, but the reading level for this item really ought to be 50. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though the punch line in Ransom's story of a grandma's formal education in grandmahood is groaningly predictable, the buffed and cheery illustrations elevate what is essentially a picture book for grandmothers. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN AFFAIR by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Genuinely clever. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Noir whodunit in the land of Mother Goose. Read full book review >

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY? by Jeanie Franz Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"While done with a bit more polish and 'tude by Margie Palatini and Richard Egieski in 2001's The Web Files, this nursery-rhyme caper will please. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Humpty Dumpty's hard-boiled brother tackles the mystery of his infamous fall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RANSOM by David Malouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A splendid, creative précis of ancient events that still reverberate."
The Australian poet of absences and silences reimagines the terror and exhilaration of the Trojan War. Read full book review >

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RANSOM by Danielle Steel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Show-and-tell suspenser from Steel, heavily freighted with clumsy exposition. An afterthought romance for Lee and Fernanda is chilly and utterly unconvincing."
Smooth ex-con kidnaps son of bankrupt dot-com entrepreneur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"While the story of those trekkers captured in Kashmir was not concluded when Auerbach ended her book, the facts and the stories she presents make for first-rate reportage."
With the growth, since the end of the Cold War, of international travel by business executives, eager ecotourists, and just plain tourists, there has been a serious increase in the miserable trade of kidnaping crimes committed for political reasons or simply for cash. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"Excellent, often engrossing as cultural history; disappointing as literary criticism. (illustrations)"
A fine-grained, scholarly exhumation of the buried cultural and especially medical lore that helped shape Kafka's conflicted self-understanding as a Jew in turn-of-the-century Austria and Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANZ SCHUBERT by Wendy Thompson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Brief glossary; list of works. (Biography. 10+)"
Another entry (see below) in the ``Composer's World'' series, introduced in 1990 with books on Beethoven and Mozart. Read full book review >

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THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts."
Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Read full book review >