Search Results: "John Balzar"


BOOK REVIEW

YUKON ALONE by John Balzar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2000

"As a bonus, Balzar creates wondrous landscapes of the wild north country, depicting even more dramatically the cold, solitary ordeal of the courageous drivers and dogs who commit themselves to this demanding race. (Maps, not seen)"
A fascinating look at the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a lonely and often dangerous trek in freezing temperatures over 1,023 miles of daunting wildlands from Whitehorse, Canada, to Fairbanks, Alaska. 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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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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NOISY BUG SING-A-LONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Bug devotees may pick this up for a glance, but it is not likely to be a repeat favorite. (activities exploring sounds, link to audio file of bug sounds (not heard)) (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
The illustrations are a feast for bug lovers' eyes, but the text could be so much more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2013

"This won't answer those many preschool requests for superhero stories, but it does offer a go-with-the-flow bit of imaginative silliness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young superhero falls prey to a Samson complex. Read full book review >

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THE DAY LOUIS GOT EATEN by John Fardell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A very merry, lighthearted entanglement. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A cumulative tale of gathering potency that riffs on Jonah and the Whale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BABY BLUE JAYS by John Berendt
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Subpar photography plus patronizing text keep this one from flying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When two blue jays build a nest on a third-floor balcony of his New York City home, Berendt documents their work and the progress of their three eggs and chicks, right to the first fledgling's surprising first journey. Read full book review >

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FLY, KITE, FLY! by John Winch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"An attractive historical episode for early grades; helpful biographical note included. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leonardo da Vinci becomes the mentor of an aspiring bird catcher in this tale that imagines the master's meeting with the boy who became the companion of his old age. Read full book review >