Search Results: "John Oliver Simon"


BOOK REVIEW

COLORS! ¡COLORES! by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"A lovely book to share, reflect upon and linger over. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Flowing watercolors and charming rhymes in English and Spanish combine to convey the colors of the natural world with simple yet sophisticated grace. Read full book review >

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TRUNK TO TRUNKLET by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Striking, retro-looking artwork cannot save the stumbling verses. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This Mexican import explores the many ways animal moms take care of their babies. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Panic by Lauren Oliver

 

Cover Story: WTF
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Masterful
Bonus Factor: Tournament
Anti-Bonus Factors: Reader Superiority, Patty Chase Award For Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: I'll Split The Reward With You

Cover Story: WTF

This cover might make sense if, say, the book was ...


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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

STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND THEN LEAVE by John Boyne
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A vivid, accessible tale of the staggering price war exacts from those who had no voice in waging it. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Another child's-eye view of war from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2006); here the child is working-class, the conflict, World War I. Read full book review >

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THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by John Boyne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A story of self-empowerment told with wry humor and purpose. (Fable. 8-12)"
Barnaby Brocket has been defying the laws of gravity since the day he was born. Now, at the ripe old age of 8, his life continues to be ruled by this fact: If he's not held down by outside forces, he floats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

God Is My Hero by John Oliver-Winston Thornton
Released: Sept. 10, 2009

"A disturbing premise more memorable for its depiction of small-town teen life than for its larger religious speculations."
A teen's frightening accident on a Missouri train track leads to a series of life changes. Read full book review >

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BOYS ONLY by Martin Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Take this for what it is: a cute, quick offering, with likely appeal to even the most reluctant young boys. (Graphic nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slender, graphically formatted survival guide in the vein of Conn Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys (2007) and Dominqiue Enright's The Boy's Book (2007). Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 22, 1981

If Simon is alternately penetrating and perverse as a theater critic, he is generally solid but unexciting on film—as made clear in this collection of 250 short reviews, all from the Seventies, all dealing with US movies. Read full book review >