Search Results: "John Agard"


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BOOK by John Agard
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A pleasing visit with an occasionally—if justifiably—immodest world-changer. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Book chattily narrates its memoir, as "transcribed" by Guyanese-English poet Agard. Read full book review >

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HALF-CASTE by John Agard
POETRY
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"Teachers will find this book a calming and positive voice in a classroom and will come to think of the collection as a paradise of teaching opportunities. (Poetry. 12+)"
An ebullient yet harmonious cache of assorted poems by a Guyanese performance poet who has made Great Britain his home since 1977. Read full book review >

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WEBLINES by John Agard
Released: April 30, 2001

"A mixed bag, but a good introduction for newcomers to Agard's work."
The "weblines" Agard refers to are those spun by the West African trickster spider-god Anansi rather than those of the Internet, but in the constant playfulness that runs through the first third of his latest collection, Agard has no qualms about giving Anansi her own "website" in the more contemporary parlance as well. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS ON CCTV by John Agard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Considerably more edgy satire than Happily Ever After here; a bracing take for teens. (Poetry. 12-16)"
From Puss in Boots' swaggering descendant "Puss-in-Trainers" to the titular break-and-enter artist caught on security cameras, Agard lays urban-inflected modern twists on 29 folkloric characters. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG INFERNO by John Agard
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Steer readers who can't face the original to Marcus Sanders and Sandow Birk's weirdly campy but grand illustrated rendition, Dante's Divine Comedy (2004). (Poetry. 12-15)"
"In the middle of my childhood wonder / I woke to find myself in a forest / that was—how shall I put it—wild and sombre." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's hard to locate favorites without an index or table of contents, but the endpapers place the poems perfectly with a colorful map of the Caribbean. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
These 39 bouncy rhymes require a little practice before reading aloud; the rhythms are tricky, but irresistible. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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GOLDILOCKS by John O'Leary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A long way from 'just right.' (Pop-up folk tale. 2-4)"
The familiar tale is pressed into service as a vehicle for introducing colors. Read full book review >

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SHOOTING AT THE STARS by John Hendrix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war. (introduction, glossary, bibliography, index) (Picture book. 7-12)"
A fictionalized account—based on letters from and interviews with actual soldiers—of the holiday cease-fire during World War I. Read full book review >

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BLIZZARD by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"A kid is the hero in this tale of ingenuity and bravery. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young readers will be tickled by a young boy's resourcefulness in this story of how he and his family survive a monumental blizzard. Read full book review >