Search Results: "John Neffinger"


BOOK REVIEW

COMPELLING PEOPLE by John Neffinger
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"An attractive, nuanced addition to the self-help shelf."
The principals of a communications firm reveal the strategies they use to coach corporate and political clients. 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

NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >

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DUCK TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist—er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk's farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it's the duck's turn. Read full book review >

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TUG-OF-WAR by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Young audiences will relish the outcome of this simple trickster tale and likely be startled into laughter by its edgy language. The little runts. (no source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Burningham charges up selected and rearranged illustrations from one of his early works with a new text that adds considerable bite. Read full book review >

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WOLF! WOLF! by John Rocco
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Good-humored fun all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The familiar tale of the boy who cried wolf is relocated to Japan and given a twist at the end. Read full book review >

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MOONPOWDER by John Rocco
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 27, 2008

"In keeping with its closing images of Eli's returning dad, it is topically enough dedicated 'to the children of soldiers everywhere.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rocco crafts a set of copper-colored retro dreamscapes for this tale of a lad who shakes off his own recurrent nightmare by repairing the celestial machinery that creates sweet dreams—or rather, the titular powder that produces them. Read full book review >

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COWS TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"In the end, the cows get burnt out, and who can blame them? Then it's time for the duck to show his stuff—is more hilarity in the works? (Picture book. 3-6)"
A herd of cows repeatedly comes to the rescue of a hapless family on fair day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILSON AND MISS LOVELY by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 2009

"Sweetly surreal. (Picture book/novelty. 4-7)"
After just one week, Wilson the rabbit loves his teacher, Miss Lovely, so much that he just can't wait for the next one. Read full book review >

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PIGS TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 2010

"There's plenty of detail in the watercolor cartoon illustrations for lap sitters to giggle over, leavened with a good dose of slapstick for the crowds. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Chickens aren't the only helpful livestock on the Greenstalk family farm (Chickens to the Rescue, 2006). Read full book review >