Search Results: "John Lawrence"


BOOK REVIEW

AH, SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE by John Lawrence
Released: April 13, 1990

"Call it The Second Best."
Dahl's first new book in eight years—a slender collection of the elegantly ironic stories that he does better than anyone else alive—is cause for celebration, even though the stories aren't among his best or most recent—or even new to his dedicated readers. Read full book review >

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EMILY'S OWN ELEPHANT by Philippa Pearce
Released: Aug. 1, 1988

"Offbeat and engaging."
From a well-loved British author (Tom's Midnight Garden), a not-quite-believable story: Emily's father talks about cutting down the big trees around their country home, or tearing down the old shed, but Emily and her mother tell him that he just doesn't have enough to do; besides, they may come in handy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE CHICK by John Lawrence
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The rhyme's not a cumulative one, but there's enough repetition to encourage even reticent young listeners to chime in. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young fans of "Old MacDonald" and similar singalongs will "Moo," "Ribbit," and "Oink" right along with this adventurous chick, who wanders away from Mother Hen to find playmates of different species. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH by Philip Pullman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 8, 2008

"Elegantly decorated with Lawrence's engravings and faux-realia, it is both understated and lovely. (foldout game) (Fantasy. 12+)"
In his characteristic compactly rewarding prose, Pullman offers another glimpse into the world of His Dark Materials, less heady than Lyra's Oxford (2003) but somberly satisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADES OF GREEN by Anne Harvey
POETRY
Released: May 26, 1992

"Acknowledgments are large enough to read and arranged by author: other publishers, please emulate! (Poetry. 10+)"
A big anthology of nature poetry with 190 selections—mostly British and from the 20th-century—interesting because of the high quality of the poetry and because it includes a number of lesser- known poets and, along with the usual lyrical pieces, two groups (``So They Are Felled'' and ``Goodbye to Hedges'') of elegiac and satirical verses lamenting the encroachments of Progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"His book ably charts the hard times of American WWII flyers. (100 illustrations)"
An I-was-there authenticity buoys one man's recollections of deadly combat with the famed US 8th Air Force in WWII Europe over 50 years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERIES OF ZIGOMAR by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's not a bad book, but it's not on par with collections by Prelutsky, Silverstein, and Dahl, and not even up to Ahlberg's own high standards. (Anthology. 6-12)"
A haphazard collection of poems, musings, noodlings, and heavily revised fairy tales from Ahlberg (The Better Brown Stories, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEA HORSE by Chris Butterworth
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"An absorbing look at these unusual fish, though assignment-driven readers may prefer one of the introductions illustrated with photos, such as Twig C. George's Seahorses (2003). (closing note, rudimentary index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Superimposing vinyl-cut figures over wood-grain patterns and using a palette of greens and muted, orangey reds, Lawrence creates a private watery world through which small seahorses glide inconspicuously. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING OF KINGS by Susan Hill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An inviting book for a holiday evening. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+)"
The author of The Glass Angels (1992) offers a briefer Christmas story: an appealing vignette set near the docks of contemporary London, where a few residents cling to old homes among warehouses and building sites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHISPER DEATH by John Lawrence Reynolds
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"The plot takes too long to unwind, the characters are cookie- cutter clichÇ, and Canadian award-winner Reynolds (The Man Who Murdered God, And Leave Her Lay Dying) disappoints."
Joe McGuire returns to the Boston PD from a leave of absence, is matched up as partner with his ex-lover's new boyfriend, and is sent off to Palm Springs to escort a murderer home. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Robert Westall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Westall doesn't pander to young readers—they have to be able to translate his Britishisms and have some sense of history- -but the end result is richly detailed, atmospheric, and deeply imagined fiction. (Fiction. 8+)"
Set in grimy Depression-era industrial cities in northern England, these two holiday tales from a veteran British writer (The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral, 1993, etc.) give young readers something to really cut their teeth on. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION by Susan Hill
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Long on misty-eyed description, short on plot and character development, Hill's (King of Kings, 1993, etc.) treacly tales are illustrated with unappealing dark woodcuts, many of them too small. (Fiction. 5+)"
This single-author holiday anthology fairly drips with sugary nostalgia for a storybook version of an English Christmas. Read full book review >