Search Results: "John Archambault"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN by John Archambault
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A warm, optimistic work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandmother's Garden ($13.95; PLB $15.95; book & cassette $19.95; Aug. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-382-39653-7; PLB 0-382-39652-9; book & cassette 0-382-39664-2): In an extended poetic metaphor, Archambault (The Birth of the Whale, p. 222, etc.) compares the earth to Grandmother Rose's garden, where all flowers grow together. ``Different colors, different faces, different names/Underneath our skin, we are all the same./We are flowering faces reaching for the sun./In Grandmother's garden, we are all one./In Grandmother's garden, we are all one.'' These words seem to belong to a song, and here are sunnily set to Col¢n's illustrations, created in his now-trademark style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRTH OF A WHALE by John Archambault
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrated spreads in washed shades of aqua and deep blue are accurate but not very engaging. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
Archambault (Counting Sheep, 1989, not reviewed, etc.) writes brief verse about the birth of a humpback whale that makes a usually majestic event somewhat trite and even boring. ``A humpback whale sings its song, diving deep through the deep water dark./The deep water dark, the deep water dark, singing, dancing in the deep water dark.'' The refrain and accompanying illustration are repeated seven times during the course of the book, adding length but little content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOM CHICKA ROCK by John Archambault
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Jazzy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Spirited torn-paper collages show the nighttime romp of a group of mice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARN DANCE! by Ted  Rand
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children."
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE ARE MY HANDS by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1987

"With bright colors, simple but evocative illustrations and a clear, succinct text, this is just right for the youngest when they are learning to describe themselves."
A dozen suitably assorted five- or six-year-olds point out different parts of the body, each accompanied by half of a rhymed couplet: "Here are my feet for stopping and going. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTING KITTENS by David Plummer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"The end words often only approximate rhymes, and the meter—frequently distorted—does not facilitate reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Counting Kittens (32 pp.; $13.95; PLB $15.95; Apr. 1997; 0-382- 39650-2; PLB 0-382-39649-9): Cute kittens of the greeting-card variety overrun the pages of an awkwardly written counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1988

"Dad eating our popcorn while he waits and the almost-lost ticket are realistic touches."
A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride. Read full book review >

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WHITE DYNAMITE & CURLY KIDD by Ted  Rand
Released: April 28, 1986

"A fine addition to any picture-book collection."
You pass anxious moments when your father rides bulls in the rodeo, especially when he draws the likes of white Dynamite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >