Search Results: "John Fox"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BALL by John Fox
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"The conclusions don't surprise, but crackerjack reporting crackles throughout."
An anthropologist and freelance journalist debuts with a peripatetic analysis of our ball games—where they came from, how they evolved and why we love them. Read full book review >

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LARRY GETS LOST IN WASHINGTON, DC by John Skewes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A few standard-issue facts shoveled into a quick dog's-eye view of the Smithsonian and environs do not an effective tour make. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
The compulsively errant pooch's latest touristic ramble takes him around the National Mall. 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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BOOK REVIEW

EAGER by Helen Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2004

"While Eager's adventure isn't thrilling, his discoveries about life, formed through amusing conversations with virtual reality Socrates, are thought-provoking. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
The Jetsons in a lightweight dystopia. Read full book review >

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EAGER’S NEPHEW by Helen Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Compelling mysteries resolve far too quickly, leaving a sadly flat conclusion to an otherwise cute adventure. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
Twenty years have passed since Eager's last adventure among humans, and self-aware robots have long been outlawed. Read full book review >

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BATHTIME PIGGYWIGGY by Christyan Fox
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The oversized text, simple, crayon-drawn forms, and saturated colors give this plenty of visual appeal, and even children able to navigate the relatively challenging vocabulary will enjoy diving into PiggyWiggy's mini-adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Operating on the principle that it's never too soon to form career plans, this primer introduces a porcine post-toddler for whom bath time offers a chance to dream about water-related occupations, from deep-sea diver and submarine captain to long-distance swimmer, or maybe champion surfer. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS IN THE CAVE by Caleb Fox
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Another engaging adventure, suffused with the author's love for Native-American culture."
Fox revisits the Native-American cultural setting of his debut (Zadayi Red, 2009) to tell another tale of mysticism and fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

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SHOES FROM GRANDPA by Mem Fox
Released: March 1, 1990

"Mullins' expansive collages are bright and bold, fine for group sharing; she achieves wonderful three-dimensional effects with her various, skillfully employed materials."
In a lively cumulative rhyme, the well-loved Australian author of Hattie and the Fox (1988) tells how Jessie's family all chip in with other garments after Grandpa gives her new shoes ("I'll buy you a skirt that won't show the dirt, to go with the socks. . ."). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 28, 1993

"Bitter medicine: good for the reader, but not easy going down."
In his preface, veteran British journalist Fox expresses distaste for ``that otiose and overrated literary form, the finely written travelogue''—and certainly this earnest work evokes few of the sensate pleasures and chance discoveries that enliven that genre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"Unconventional, challenging, sometimes even warm and funny."
A young feminist pulls no punches in her examination of motherhood. Read full book review >