Search Results: "John Shiffman"


BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION SHAKESPEARE by John Shiffman
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2014

"A well-organized, troubling exposé of the pervasiveness of this shadowy 'technology transfer.'"
Well-handled, tricky research regarding the highly secretive work of Pentagon agents to keep American-made weapons out of Iranian and Chinese hands. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"The digressions into art and art history are distracting, but crime buffs will receive a painless education while they enjoy a lively account of art thieves and the man who pursued them."
Entertaining, surprisingly informative memoir of an FBI agent who specialized in art thefts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Words that caption objects are well placed and include a good selection to both confirm and expand vocabulary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A satisfactory compendium, with double spreads on topics moving outward from the child's body, family, feelings, and home to the classroom and subjects like shapes, colors, and numbers as well as the neighborhood, holidays, and animals. Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE KING by Karen Lynn Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"As for Joey—he's an indomitable little guy whose enthusiasms and fears are totally on the mark. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Joey King is as ready as any kid on the block to get to class and learn to read; in fact, that's the main reason he's willing to attend school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KEEPING A CHRISTMAS SECRET by Lena Shiffman
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1989

"Naylor's excellent ear for dialogue makes this just right as a read-aloud or a young reader; Shiffman's realistic, full-color illustrations, enlivened by white outlining, give the characters real individuality."
The family present for Dad is a wonderful big sled, and Michael, four, has promised not to tell. 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

PICNIC by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A very good 'good night.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book master presents an engaging feast of a bedtime book. Read full book review >

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THE WAY TO THE ZOO by John Burningham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"As in so many of his other books, Burningham's appeal lies in his ability to invent a fantasy scenario available only to young children, accomplishing it again here with consummate grace.(Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more exciting than discovering a hidden door in your bedroom that opens to a secret passageway to the zoo? Read full book review >

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KATIE AND THE PUPPY NEXT DOOR by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A jaunty hound learns to share and play nicely with her next-door-neighbor dog in this sequel to Katie Loves the Kittens (2008). Read full book review >

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PIRATES DON'T TAKE BATHS by John Segal
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Not particularly persuasive, but this might coax a few young porkers to get their trotters into the tub. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Echoes of Runaway Bunny color this exchange between a bath-averse piglet and his patient mother. Read full book review >