Search Results: "John Steven Gurney"


BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR TRAIN by John Steven Gurney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Here's a train that will never want for pajama-clad passengers—no ticket required. (Picture book. 5-7)"
"Thursday was a day much like any other for Jesse. Trains and dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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JANUARY JOKER by Ron Roy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"A light, easy-to-read introduction to this new series…and the A to Z Mysteries they can graduate to, as well. (Mystery. 6-9)"
Overactive imaginations and a gentle kind of groupthink combine with tricky sixth-grade siblings (all familiar character to readers of Roy's A to Z Mysteries) to make for one exciting Saturday morning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MEANEST HOUND AROUND by Carol Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Gently written with a sweetness that does not give way to saccharinity, this will find a home in any dog-lover's heart. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fluffy, sweet, and well-bred, Freddy find himself suddenly homeless when his boy's father decides to dump him out in the woods far from home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE A.M. by Steven John
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2012

"A promising, if not entirely satisfying, debut."
A bleak little fable about personal responsibility, set in an apparently post-apocalyptic, nameless American city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST LIKE US by David Gurney
Released: Aug. 29, 2012

"Compelling religious reading on its own, but also enhances its source material."
Gurney's devotional looks at the life of Jesus through the eyes of various biblical figures. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Beyond the harrowing adventures one would expect to read about in any narrative of Antarctic discovery, Gurney's articulate story is a welcome portrait of an age driven by great mysteries and simpler technologies than those of today. (drawings, maps, not seen)"
In this comprehensive account—written with sufficient wit and historical asides to offset the tedium of names, dates, and geographic minutiae—yacht designer and photographer Gurney shows how the discovery of the icebound continent became one of the great goals of explorers beginning in the late 17th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"And that there are scientists like Rosenberg doing their all to make the therapy work."
The exciting story of an idea whose time has come—and of the man who pioneered it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEARD BOY by John Flannery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this illustrated ode to the beard, an impatient son seeks to invent and claim a beard of his own to connect with the cool brush of his father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUSS IN BOOTS by Gerald Kelley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This ageless trickster tale has a nicely subversive message, but this rendition lacks the panache to carry it off. (Pop-up fairy tale. 8-10)"
A wooden retelling of Perrault's classic tale, with underwhelming movable parts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA by Steven Guarnaccia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Chic and sophisticated, a delectable homage to fashion. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
A crisp, modern take on the oft-told tale: deliciously subversive and visually captivating. Read full book review >

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YOU MUST BE THIS TALL by Steven Weinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Humorously speaks to kids' frustrations but doesn't support rule-following. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tongue-in-cheek humor explores that age-old conundrum facing every child who is too short to ride some exciting attraction. Read full book review >