Search Results: "Jeffrey Gusfield"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, an engrossing look inside Al Capone's murderous ranks and a chilling examination of a natural born killer."
Gusfield presents the short, brutal life of "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (1902 -1936), born Vincent Gebardi, a gifted athlete who became notorious as Al Capone's deadliest lieutenant and putative organizer of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Read full book review >

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THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

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WHO BROKE THE VASE? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An interesting debut, one that may instigate discussion, emotion, and, yes, even laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken vase, an eyewitness, and a cast of improbable suspects lead to one surprise ending in this celebration of the whopper. Read full book review >

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WHO AM I? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"With full force of knowing right from wrong, readers will jump at the chance to chime in with the repeated admonishment: 'You are a rabbit!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit with a madcap imagination pretends to be many other animals. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE STONE COLD AGE by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Captivated kids will be happy to see that Book 3 is on its way. (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
Neanderthal siblings return for a blustery infoventure in the Ice Age. Read full book review >

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RETURN OF THE PADAWAN! by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Future installments—and further disasters—will be most welcome. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
The line between humor and heartbreak is very thin in this new Star Wars graphic novel. Read full book review >

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JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON WHO WANTED TO FLY by Jeffrey Comanor
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"Comanor synthesizes simple elements and likable characters into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An innovative book—Comanor's first—with a little bit of everything: sympathetic characters, a happy ending, inventive pictures and design. Read full book review >

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LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Read solely as fiction, this is an auspiciously clever and engaging series opener. (Graphic historical fiction. 7-12)"
Two Neanderthal preteens weave a tale of everyday life to which even modern kids can relate. Read full book review >

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CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An enjoyable bedtime story that demands to be heard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An industrious lamp in the shape of a bird fixes all things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >