Search Results: "Jeff Speck"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Some intriguing ideas amid a dry narrative."
A city planner offers a blueprint for making midsize American cities more pedestrian-friendly. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brilliant idea well carried out. (Photographs throughout—not seen.)"
A fictitious dinner party featuring Hollywood ``royalty,'' with dialogue taken from their own words during actual interviews with Speck. Read full book review >

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DON'T LOOK DOWN
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1) by Jeff Giles

Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Paranormal Boy Meets Girl
Bonus Factor: Bounty Hunter From Hell
Factor: Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Instalove
Relationship Status: I’ll Be Back


Cover Story: Bring an Extinguisher

Is that snow on fire? Something tells me this ...


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JEFF GUINN
by Gregory McNamee

“Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” We hear the admonition all the time, are constantly treated to the spectacle of one political pundit—or would-be pundit, anyway—accusing another of downing the fruity beverage as shorthand for uncritically following some party line or another.

But where does the expression come from? Those who were around a little shy of 40 years ago should ...


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IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Cover Story: After School Special
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Heartbreak and Hope
Bonus Factors: Therapy, Kickass Gram, Diversity
Anti-Bonus Factors: Violent Death, Awful Parents
Relationship Status: Here For You

Cover Story: After School Special

This cover doesn’t give much away about the story within, but it certainly ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Maybelle is one cockroach who will be welcome back any day. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Myrtle and Herbert Peabody, the picture of upper-class gentility, have their lives turned upside down by a lovely, plump cockroach named Maybelle. Read full book review >

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MAYBELLE GOES TO SCHOOL by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"High-spirited action with well-developed characters make this series a hit every time. Where will Maybelle end up next? (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Maybelle the daring cockroach of Maybelle Goes to Tea (2008, etc.) makes decisions with her sweet tooth.Read full book review >

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MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA by Katie Speck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Short sentences, laugh-out-loud situations and likable characters make this second series entry a winner. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Maybelle the Cockroach and Henry the Flea are still alive and bugging the very perfect Peabodys. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >