Search Results: "John Yeoman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD THE SAILOR by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A fine design with a generous use of white space gives this volume the look and feel of the classic it is. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A splendiferous new presentation of an ageless yarn, replete with disasters, exotic lands, sumptuous palaces, fortunes lost and won back, and horrible monsters: ``We saw . . . a giant-like creature . . . his lower lip hung down like a camel's over his chest, his ears flopped over his shoulders like an elephant's, and his fingernails were like a lion's claws. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN BLAKE'S AMAZING ANIMAL STORIES by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Remarkable illustrations, brief retellings and clear morals do not quite make a satisfying collection. (Folk tales. 7-10)"
Fourteen animal tales are presented in the same format as Quentin Blake's Magical Tales (2012), with many of the same strengths and weaknesses. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCES' GIFTS by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Nine tales from as many countries, tenuously linked by the presence of magical items or transformations, and illustrated with Blake's characteristically energetic ink and wash sketches. Read full book review >

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THE ALPINE YEOMAN by Mary Daheim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans of Daheim's multivolume chronicle (The Alpine Xanadu, 2013, etc.) may feel right at home among Alpine's denizens, but it will be a struggle for newcomers to figure out who's who."
A middle-aged honeymoon couple has to catch wedded bliss on the fly when murder and a car wreck upset their little town. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN BLAKE'S MAGICAL TALES by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"The pictures, full-page color and vignettes in black-and-white wash, are full of spirit and energy, their vivacious line drawing the eye again and again—the stories, however, may not be such a draw. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Quentin Blake's magical, whimsical illustrations are the best raison d'être for this eclectic and unsourced collection of stories. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A note comments on the tales' places of origin without citing specific sources. (Folklore. 7+)"
With origins as far-flung as Papua New Guinea, Africa's Gold Coast, and Spain, 11 tales ranging from simple stories of the weak outwitting the strong (``The Cat and the Mice'' from Tibet; ``The Rabbit and the Elephants'' from India) and trickster and pourquoi tales to complex stories of boons granted by animals to humans (``Animal Language'' from Serbia) and the promises made (or broken) in return (the Zu§i Pueblo's ``The Turkey Girl'' is a Cinderella cognate with an unhappy ending). Read full book review >

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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 >

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THREE LITTLE OWLS by Emanuele Luzzati
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Happy nonsense that feels very British despite its Italian origins. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The irrepressible Blake supplies illustrations for Yeoman's English translation of the late Luzzati's rhyming verses, "Filastrocca di Natale." 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 >

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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 >

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JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >