Search Results: "Jeff Brumbeau"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT by Jeff Brumbeau
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A note points to the 250 different quilt names hidden in the picture on the inside of the book jacket. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A sentimental tale overwhelmed by busy illustrations and rampant pedantry. Read full book review >

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MISS HUNNICUTT’S HAT by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though the hats with live adornment have a certain amount of appeal, the overly long, somewhat pedantic story fails to convey in a meaningful way the intended message of respecting individual style, and the story's attempts at humor never achieve a satisfying fit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Brumbeau and de Marcken (The Quiltmaker's Gift, 2001) turn their attention from a kindly but determined quilter and a greedy king to a kindly queen and a determined lady who wears a Parisian hat with a live chicken on top. Read full book review >

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THE QUILTMAKERS JOURNEY by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"An aerial map printed inside the jacket will be hidden by library processing, but young readers will pore over the rest of the art. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Billowing, jewel-toned patterns illuminate this visually and verbally lush prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (2001). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A personal, heart-rending story of struggle and anguish in the face of unconditional love."
Following the untimely death of his adopted African-American son, a father seeks posthumous reconciliation in this affecting collection of personal letters by Gough. Read full book review >

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TOO SOON FOR JEFF by Marilyn Reynolds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jeff, almost 18, and Christy, two years younger, have been going together for months. Read full book review >

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FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >

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WHEN JEFF COMES HOME by Catherine Atkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Readers will not be able to view incidents of kidnapping and sexual abuse in the same way again. (Fiction. 13+)"
An accomplished, intense, and powerful first novel about what happens when a kidnapped boy is returned to his family. Read full book review >

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JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Unsatisfying as a novel, but the observations are piquant enough to make for an enjoyable read."
Part novel, part cultural travelogue, this latest from the British critic and novelist (The Ongoing Moment, 2005, etc.) consists of two sections, linked by the narrator's sensibility. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOP MATH by Jeff Weigel
by Jeff Weigel, illustrated by Jeff Weigel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"Math taken to its fundamentals in a fun, well-paced story and with enough of a challenge to maintain steady interest. (iPad storybook app. 7-12)"
A simple app with historical leanings that should keep mathematics from becoming a kid's personal Gitmo. Read full book review >

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LOVE THAT KITTY! by Jeff Jarka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Pleasant if predictable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jarka's frenetic cartoon family is back, this time coping with young Peter's feverish adoption of all things feline. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS by Jeff Newman
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Newman, illustrated by Jeff Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Through confident brushwork, done in a stylized '50s modern aesthetic, the artist's images reveal sports' deep truths about acceptance, a willingness to try and the intergenerational connections they bring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a new town for a baseball-loving protagonist. Read full book review >

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ATOMIC ACE AND THE ROBOT RAMPAGE by Jeff Weigel
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Shelve it next to Bob McLeod's Superhero ABC (January 2006) and Ross MacDonald's Another Perfect Day (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having extolled the merits of his superhero father in Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad) (2004), a lad discovers that his mom has hidden talents too in this engaging follow-up. Read full book review >