Search Results: "Jeff Himmelman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. 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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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 >

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NOISY BUG SING-A-LONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Bug devotees may pick this up for a glance, but it is not likely to be a repeat favorite. (activities exploring sounds, link to audio file of bug sounds (not heard)) (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
The illustrations are a feast for bug lovers' eyes, but the text could be so much more. Read full book review >

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LIGHTS OUT! by John Himmelman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1995

"Himmelman creates an impressive host of spooks and appealing little scouts; this is a well-handled, modest pleasure. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Six young scouts at Camp Bader are having trouble with the dark of night. Read full book review >

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THE COW SAID MEOW by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A menagerie of fun that readers will revisit time and time again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A cacophony of animals sneak their way into an elderly, nearsighted white woman's home to get out of the rain, producing a funny, musical menagerie. Read full book review >

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NOISY FROG SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Without benefit of recordings, onomatopoeia alone can't convey what the book hopes to. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Himmelman follows up his salute to noisy bugs with a look at frogs—how and why they sing and what their songs sound like. Read full book review >

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10 LITTLE HOT DOGS by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"With the dogs being so small in relation to the page size, this is best saved for one-on-one sharing with true dachshund lovers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"One little hot dog sitting on a chair…" quickly multiplies to ten in this unimaginative counting book. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BUG ON MY BOOK! by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"This simple, interactive book about the appearances and movements of things that creep and crawl is elevated by its insistence that all creatures deserve to be respected and handled with care. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Several small animals commonly considered bugs, as well as a snake and a frog, supposedly land on this book and then leave—for a variety of reasons—each using its own special method of locomotion. Read full book review >