Search Results: "John Sebastian"


BOOK REVIEW

SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

"The unresolved finale suggests the possibility of still further adventures for this fearless trio. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
"Wherever we go we encounter horrible, creepy, nasty things that want to kill us," exclaims buffalope Max in this third fantasy featuring Max, elfling Sebastian and diminutive warrior Cornelius. Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Swashbuckling fare for fans of this original adventure series. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
In this rousing sequel to Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2008), "elfling" Sebastian abandons a disastrous career as a court jester and takes to the high seas in search of pirate treasure with Max, his witty talking buffalope, and Cornelius, his pint-sized warrior pal. Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN AND THE BALLOON by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Stead does not disappoint, giving readers another beautifully rendered picture book full of whimsy, heart and delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sebastian, an Everychild from his plain, russet face and nondescript hair to his striped socks, creates a hot air balloon from his grandmother's quilt scraps and goes on a joyous, never-ending journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSE AND SEBASTIAN by Cynthia Zarin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Accomplished, stylized drawings help put the lighthearted story across, and Zarin offers not only a glimpse of apartment life, but establishes Rose as a captivating heroine who wants to overcome her fears, and does. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of two kids in the city shows Rose conquering her fears and making a new friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1970

"Especially since make-believe and moonshine are the making of The Misadventures."
When the 'marvelous misadventures' in the 18th century mode take on the aspect of a soulful Dance of Death, the fabric is rent; but stay—the telling tells all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"The soft, color-saturated, often patterned gouache illustrations—pleasingly diverse in format and occasionally presented as vertical spreads—are childlike and appealing, but still don't earn the book its puffed-up title. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Spectacular adventures" is a hippo-sized overstatement in this story of Sophie, a dreamy hippo who's hungry for action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN by Daniel Wallace
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 3, 2007

"Quietly elegiac but unnecessarily convoluted tale of missed connections and rotten luck."
A magician conjures abject failure in Wallace's (The Watermelon King, 2003, etc.) bleak fourth. Read full book review >

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J.B.'S HARMONICA by John Sebastian
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Perhaps best for readers not quite ready for chapter books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
James Bear has always wanted a harmonica, but when he gets one, and practice yields results, people compliment him with comparisons to Dad—an accomplished concert player. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >