Search Results: "Jeffrey Stewart Timmins"


BOOK REVIEW

NO OTHER STORY by Cuthbert  Soup
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Happy and (more or less) logical resolution aside, thin Soup. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A once-entertaining tale about a widowed inventor who goes on the lam with his three above-average children (until he can finish building a time machine to dispel an ancient family curse and prevent his wife's murder) drags its way to a conclusion. Read full book review >

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A WHOLE NOTHER STORY by Cuthbert  Soup
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Great fun. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Three children and their inventor dad on the run from government agents, international superspies AND corporate baddies are finally forced to take a stand in this picaresque debut. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER WHOLE NOTHER STORY by Cuthbert  Soup
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Fans of baroque misadventures, bumbling villains, heroic rescues, cliffhangers and especially sarcastic repartee—not to mention intrusive narrators—will be charmed anew. (Fantasy of the absurd. 11-13)"
Slipping Dave Barry-style ruminations between each chapter, the pseudonymous Dr. Soup, world-famous "Advisor to the Ill-Advised," strands the motley time-traveling cast assembled in A Whole Nother Story (2010)—including brilliant scientist Ethan Cheeseman, his three children (repeatedly described as "smart, polite, attractive, and relatively odor-free"), a psychic dog, a sock puppet and a crew of cursed but friendly pirates—in 1668 New England. Read full book review >

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LAST LAUGHS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"The poetry and prose form more of an uneasy détente than an integrated whole, but the comical pictures and the wordplay in these dino demises provide sufficient lift. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
"Trilobites the Dust," and so do the rest of a cast of extinct creatures in this sequel (prequel?) to Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAST LAUGHS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Some spry and inspired grave humor here, but weighed equally with some unimaginative efforts. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Cracked epitaphs from Lewis and Yolen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW NEGRO by Jeffrey C.  Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A sweeping biography that gets deep into not just the man, but the movements he supported, resisted, and inspired."
A magisterial biography of the 20th-century philosopher, curator, and prime mover of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

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ADDIS BERNER BEAR FORGETS by Joel Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE GOLD by Elizabeth Stewart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2014

"Fictional characters make an important story accessible. (afterword, suggested reading) (Fiction. 14-18)"
The human costs of modern technology are explored through the alternating third-person narratives of three girls from different countries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN ASIA WAS THE WORLD by Stewart Gordon
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Pared-down, brief vignettes provide an intimate complement to David Levering Lewis's God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 (2008)."
Documents written by men who lived, worked and traveled to Asia between 500 and 1500 CE portray thriving trading centers from Arabia to China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Himler's evocative paintings and black-and-white line drawings portray the talent and genius of this American writer, against the landscapes and vistas that he made his own. (chronology, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 9-12)"
This is a well-written and illuminating picture-book length biography of a man whose humorous view of life and somewhat wild side appeal to readers of all ages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 17, 1999

Subtitled "A concise guide to a century of contrast and change," with "concise" as the key word, this slim survey takes sweeping, single-spread glances at wars, the decline of empires, show business, the battle for racial and sexual equality, the globalization of US culture, and other major themes of this century. Read full book review >