Search Results: "John Darnielle"


BOOK REVIEW

WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A pop culture-infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom."
A man badly disfigured in a gun accident ponders gaming, heavy metal, family, love and the crazed emotions that tend to surround our obsessions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A smart and rangy yarn: file under suspense, horror, and domestic drama."
A clutch of adulterated rental cassettes pushes two video-store workers into a journey of discovery. 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

THE CASE OF THE LONELY ONE by John Allison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"Funny and clever, but most likely to only satisfy fans who have been with the gang since the beginning. (Graphic mystery/sci-fi. 12-16)"
A group of students at a British school all become friends with a strange new boy who eats onions; one student suspects something odd's afoot and must discover the truth before it's too late. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOISY FROG SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Without benefit of recordings, onomatopoeia alone can't convey what the book hopes to. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Himmelman follows up his salute to noisy bugs with a look at frogs—how and why they sing and what their songs sound like. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALISTAIR AND KIP’S GREAT ADVENTURE! by John Segal
ADVENTURE
Released: May 6, 2008

"Even pre-readers will have no trouble following along on this up-and-down ride. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Segal pairs an impulsive cat and a hesitant dog on a quick but exciting nautical outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STICKY BURR by John Lechner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Very possibly. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
Illustrated in a mix of cartoon panels and illustrated pages of hand-lettered text, this woodsy tale is just the ticket for budding graphic-novel fans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REALLY AWFUL MUSICIANS by John Manders
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"Undeniably a lesson, it is delivered with a sense of fun; a helpful author's note describes each instrument. (Picture book. 3-6) "
When all the bands in the kingdom sound horrible, the king takes drastic action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S A SECRET! by John Burningham
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Bruce Ingman's Night on the Tiles (1999) offers a similar (if busier and more urbane) revelation, but the simpler plot and bigger pictures here will reveal the secret to larger and younger audiences. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Do cats sleep all day because they go somewhere at night? Read full book review >