Search Results: "Joan H. Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

THREE WEEKS IN SPRING by Robert B. Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1977

"The medicine of choice for post-operatives and a tart tonic for anyone else."
An upbeat and romantic mastectomy story? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"A comprehensive set of biographies that closely focuses on a group of Air Force veterans."
The first volume in a series of collected biographies of an Air Force class. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Clearly the best-edited annual, though not as distinctive in its choices as its latest competitor (see below)."
Regional humorist Hess (The Maggody Militia, p. 175, etc.) joins series editors Gorman and Greenberg for this sixth annual roundup. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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MISSILE MOUSE by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IN THE GARDEN by Kim Parker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though captioned by one-liners that don't always seem to be addressed to children ('4 bunnies finding love in the shade' being the most obvious example), this recalls the art of Elisa Kleven for visual exuberance, and makes a promising young-audience debut. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Positively dancing with fanciful flowers rendered in bright, broadly brushed watercolor, this showcases a textile designer's art with successive scenes of small creatures, from "1 cat purring in the garden" to "10 butterflies flitting among the flowers." Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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INSIDE-OUT GRANDMA by Joan Rothenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A book as welcome as a platter of freshly fried latkes—happily, a recipe is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, wry Hanukkah story. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Information-wise, a bare introduction, but a mighty engaging one nonetheless. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 9-14)"
With a clinical white-on-black design, this volume allows readers to go system by system through the workings of the human body. Read full book review >

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THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Honest, graceful prose perfectly matches these stories' sense of place and past."
Geography is both cure and curse in Parker's second book (after Hello Down There, 1993), a collection of short fiction set in the modern South. Read full book review >