Search Results: "John Clapp"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCE OF BUTTERFLIES by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Some will find this story lightweight and sentimental; others will see the trajectory of meaning inherent in a committed life. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The prolific, multitalented Coville (Half-Human, 2001, etc.) takes off in a different direction with this unusual story of a boy who bonds with a migrating flock of monarch butterflies, emphasizing so strongly with their plight of diminishing habitat that he actually briefly becomes one of them. Read full book review >

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SHINING by Julius Lester
by Julius Lester, illustrated by John Clapp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Like a piece of sophisticated music, this will engender profound emotional responses—but younger readers may have trouble grasping its subtler themes. (illustrator note) (Picture book. 9-12)"
Lester looks to the silence that gives meaning to the noise all around us in this powerfully told original tale, as deep-eyed faces alive with character peer from Clapp's sweeping, shadowy accompanying art. Read full book review >

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Liz Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The understated text, nighttime setting, and varied perspectives will remind many of Van Allsburg's Polar Express, but this Christmas Eve tale creates a magic all its own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Christmas Eve isn't always a time of calm, peace, and perfect plans. Read full book review >

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

JOHN WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN KEATS by Nicholas Roe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Roe's biography acutely displays the intensity, anguish and triumph of a great life for whom the clock was always ticking."
Roe (English/Univ. of St. Andrews; Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, 2005, etc.) delivers a tightly focused and highly useful biography of the great English Romantic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CEMETERY JOHN by Robert Zorn
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"Zorn's research includes new forensic evidence, personal and historical documents, and interviews, laying the foundation for a thrilling true-crime tale that offers a resounding answer to the question of who was really responsible for the kidnapping."
Debut author Zorn makes a compelling case that the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping was orchestrated by a Bronx deli clerk who got away with the crime scot-free. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MUIR by Kathryn Lasky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

In this double-stranded tribute to Muir, who was a driving force behind the creation of the National Parks system, a founder of the Sierra Club and a brilliant inventor too, Lasky not only outlines the course of his life, but eloquently conveys his motivation—a profound delight in what he called "wildness" in the natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN ADAMS by John Patrick Diggins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2003

"Readers of McCullough will find little new factual information here, but the solid interpretation of events will interest students of the presidency and the early republic."
A brief life of the post-revolutionary president who liked nothing better than to be left alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MARSHALL by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Borders on hagiography, but learned and readable. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-written biography of our most influential jurist. Read full book review >

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JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester
adapted by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Amen. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
Onto the page bounds the colossus John Henry, man of legend, man of myth (though the preface keeps things off balance on that point). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELTON JOHN by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

"Slow start, but John's troubled odyssey grows on you and generates rich feelings for the man. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An unauthorized, captivating life of the pop star, by a British novelist (The Skater's Waltz, 1985) and biographer of the Beatles (Shout!—not reviewed) and the Rolling Stones (Symphony for the Devil, 1984). Read full book review >