Search Results: "John Speirs"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DONKEY AND THE GOLDEN LIGHT by John Speirs
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Some will find this tale of a thinking donkey maudlin; others will find it illuminating. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A donkey born in the stable on the same night as Jesus is the focus of this sumptuously illustrated story that follows the beast of burden throughout his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL TRACKS by Charles Ghigna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Lively and fun as promised, as the blurb says, 'EWE will love this book—I'm not LION.' (Poetry. 4-7)"
Not wild in the sense of ferocious, these simple read-aloud poems on animals and nature feature oddities and clever puns, i.e., titles such as "Ducks Quack Me Up," "I Wouldn't Pet on It," and "A Batch of Beasts." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE SWORDS FOR GRANADA by Walter Dean Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This, alas, cannot possibly be what they are hoping to get. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A turgid animal fantasy features Spanish cat musketeers crossing swords with thuggish dog invaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY TO THE PLAYHOUSE by Carol Beach York
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Very like real life. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Each summer Megan and Alice spend two weeks at Gran's, where a playhouse built for their mothers is now the cousins' special domain. 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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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >