Search Results: "Jim Coplestone"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH’S BED by Lis Coplestone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"As a riff on the Noah's Ark story, this succeeds swimmingly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Among the raft of Noah's Ark retellings flooding the Bible story shelves, this interpretation stands out by focusing on a smaller part of the tale. Read full book review >

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SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Laurence Anholt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Attractive illustrations and the secret may appeal to kids, but not enough to overcome the contrivances. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What begins as a pleasant exchange of letters between young Ruby, who lives in the city, and her grandfather, who lives in the country, quickly becomes a maudlin tale overshadowed by social ills. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WALK IN THE WILD WOODS by Lis Jones
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Jones's book begins as a traditional 'message' story but delights with a fantasy twist and a subtler bit of wisdom. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A toy rabbit has an unexpected forest adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS ABOARD! by Andrew Fusek Peters
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Lots of fun, and a storytime must. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Prolific author Peters teams up with Coplestone for this toddler-friendly frolic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM DANDY by Irvin Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"You're better off renting a wreck than trying to jump-start this lemon."
Faust (Newsreel, 1980, etc.) returns to the novel after a 14- year hiatus in this impenetrable tale comprised of shards of dialogue and a fragmented plot. Read full book review >

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JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >

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MY JIM by Nancy Rawles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Intensely sad but not mawkish: a very fine love story, wonderfully narrated with a perfect feel for the time and place."
A tale of slave life in the Old South imagines the hidden life of Huck Finn's sidekick, the runaway slave Jim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM HENSON by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A solid biography that can be enjoyed by readers of more than one generation."
Biographer Jones (Washington Irving: An American Original, 2007) relies on strict chronology to tell the life of Muppets creator Jim Henson (1936-1990). Read full book review >