Search Results: "Jeffrey A. Fisher"


BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR JEFFREY by Constance M. Foland
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For sheer tear-jerking, this is not up to Lurlene McDaniel's formulaic novels, but it has rewarding moments. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a loving, occasionally sentimental story, Dodie is having a hard year: her parents are separated, and heading for divorce; her older brother, once a comrade, now finds her useless; her hopes for the school talent show are squashed by a disastrous tryout; and there is no one her age in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FISHER by Douglas Florian
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"An interesting and useful text that would have been made memorable with the right visuals. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
One day in the life of a fisherman is captured in simple prose and cheerful watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A superficial look at the brave new world to come, enlightening primarily about research trends."
Bold predictions, mostly glowing, about the technological advances to come in medicine, complete with a time line from now to 2030. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1994

"Cogent arguments crisply presented."
A clear warning that the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains means big trouble ahead, and a multifaceted plan of action for dealing with the problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"So much to inspire; too much to summarize."
Her cunning as a culinary essayist, memoirist, and fiction writer won't fully prepare Fisher's many fans for her gusto as an informal correspondent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Inside the Heart of a Glass Knight by Laura A. Fisher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2010

"A heartfelt, sometimes-insightful collection bogged down by frequent clichés and repetition."
Introspective verse that explores the many facets of a young woman's experiences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEREMY FISHER by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"High production values and a story-centered design give this a leg up over flashier, more game-like e-books. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Potter's tale of a hapless frog who sets out to catch a minnow for dinner and almost ends up being dinner himself gets several useful extras in this unabridged app. It also receives a design upgrade that increases the original's cramped trim size and eliminates its blank pages while pairing text and pictures more closely together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PICTURE BOOK OF AMELIA EARHART by David A. Adler
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 1998

"This is a cogent tribute to an aviation pioneer. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Adler (A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, 1994, etc.) draws even young onlookers into the life of Earhart, whose Kansas childhood included firing a .22 rifle at barn rats and fashioning a roller coaster from fence rails and roller skates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAIR SCARE by Jeffrey Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Ending in mid-thought with an ellipse, this is likely to engender little response in readers beyond wild gusts of indifference. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting a new standard for inane self-indulgence, this aimless, incomprehensible effort from a graphic designer pairs an opaque plot to postmodern illustrations constructed, seemingly, from feathers and finger-paints. Read full book review >