Search Results: "Jim Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

UNABOMBER by Jim Freeman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2014

"Despite its considerable flaws, the book is valuable as a rare insider's account from an agency that does not value transparency."
San Francisco-based FBI administrator Freeman chronicles the agency's two-decade quest to identify and arrest the notorious homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PET OF THE MET by Lydia Freeman
Released: April 3, 1953

"In the nick of time Mefisto is bewitched, dances too, and cat and mouse become friends."
Backstage animal life at the Metropolitan Opera House, a little on the sentimental side but with lavish colored pencil drawings by the authors that have humor and provide a nice setting for a run through of "The Magic Flute" as part of the story. Read full book review >

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HOORAY, I’M FIVE TODAY! by Tor Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Simply written, this happy tale sparkles with pure fun that will have readers yearning for their own special day to arrive. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In celebration of her fifth birthday, Dinah's buddy arranges an impromptu, animal-filled fiesta for her. Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE BAD MOOD by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Unfortunately, the realistically petty temper tantrum and unhealthy coping mechanism overshadow the slight humor and seem likely to leave young listeners and their parents even less enchanted with Olive than her friends are. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Olive the (anthropomorphic) orange cat is back—and she's still oblivious to the impact of her actions (Olive and the Big Secret, 2012). Read full book review >

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MANUELO THE PLAYING MANTIS by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Stories about string instruments are hard to find (just like the praying mantis)—and Manuelo deserves a chance to be heard. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This musically themed offering is from the estate of the late Freeman, with a few watercolor illustrations completed by another artist using Freeman's sketches. Read full book review >

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NATALIE'S HAIR WAS WILD! by Laura Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perhaps one day we can reclaim the word 'wild' as a descriptor for black hair, but this book doesn't do the trick. As it is, it could facilitate discussion on the politics of black hair. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl's hair becomes home to animals. Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE EMBARRASSING GIFT by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The too-simple resolution and final act of revenge blunt the impact of the story's message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe's gift of matching hats, one pink, one purple, both sporting a heart design, heart tassels and pompoms, and reading "Best Friends" across the front, is pretty embarrassing. But is it worth throwing away a friendship? Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE BIG SECRET by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Though the story is slight, some young listeners may enjoy tracing the path the secret travels, while parents will appreciate the opportunity to talk about friendship and trust. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple story of a secret that slips out. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

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CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

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GREGORY’S SHADOW by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"There aren't many successful picture books about either Groundhog Day or shadows in general, so larger public- and school-library collections will want to give Gregory (and Shadow) a home next to Corduroy, Dandelion, and Beady Bear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freeman's talents in Corduroy (1968) earned his beloved bear a permanent place on the shelf of favorite storytime characters. Read full book review >