Search Results: "Jon Gertner"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2012

"Packed with anecdotes and trivia and written in clear and compelling prose, this story of a cutting-edge and astonishingly robust intellectual era—and one not without its controversies and treachery—is immensely enjoyable."
Fast Company editor Gertner traces the history of Bell Labs through more than five decades of brilliant thinking and innovation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2011

"Fits Gertner's description of herself: 'funny, irreverent, dramatic, prepared.'"
U.S. District Court Judge (Massachusetts) Gertner spent 25 years as a civil-rights and criminal-defense lawyer before being confirmed in 1994. Her thoroughly engaging, outspoken memoir about those years might be considered a bold move for a seated judge who should maintain an image of neutrality, but not a surprising one if you consider the values that have defined her career. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Hats off! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit. Read full book review >

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MEET THE DOGS OF BEDLAM FARM by Jon Katz
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Young dog lovers will enjoy this, particularly those who own border collies or black labs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz has written several well-received books for adults about his working dogs and their life together at Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RETIRED KID by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2008

"An amusing take on the 'no place like home' theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides being a kid is hard work and it's time to retire? Read full book review >

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SMART FELLER FART SMELLER by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit (2005), the joke definitely wears thin—but readers of the target mentality may be tempted to rake the tall and bun with it. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
From anagrams (Elvis Lives!, 2000) and palindromes (Palindromania!, 2002), Agee moves to a more rudimentary form of wordplay, pairing spoonerisms framed as questions and answers ("What did Rapunzel say to the filthy giant?" Read full book review >

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CHOPSTICKS by Jon Berkeley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"Still, a dragon's a dragon, and wee dragon aficionados probably can't get enough. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Berkeley offers a mildly entertaining story of the friendship between a mouse and his dragon. Read full book review >

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FLAPSTICK! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Sturdy pages and construction, but nowhere to accommodate library fixtures without disrupting an essential spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Elegant, lighthearted fun: ``10 Ridiculous Rhymes with Flaps''—e.g., ``The maestro Leopardo/Sat down to play some Bach./It sounded very pleasant/But smelled like an old—'' (grand piano lid lifts to reveal a sock). Read full book review >

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SPLAT! by Jon Burgerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A gimmick, though a playful one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ever wonder what happens to the previous page after you've turned to the next? Read full book review >

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SMALL BLUE AND THE DEEP DARK NIGHT by Jon Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"160; Add this original, illuminating book to any stack of in-the-dark, nighty-night anxiety tales right next to the bed, alongside that last glass of water—but leave the door open a crack! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Small Blue (a little bunny) gets a bad case of the middle-of-the-night willies, imagining what spooky creatures might lurk in the dark corners of her home. Read full book review >

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LEO GEO AND HIS MIRACULOUS JOURNEY THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Jon Chad
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"'Science is no walk in the park,' he rightly proclaims. Also: 'Long live geology!' (Graphic fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
The top geologist at the Fizzmont Institute of Rad Science takes a solo journey right through the planet. It's science! With monsters! Read full book review >

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LENORE FINDS A FRIEND by Jon Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Bedlam Farm seems an idyllic spot with a natural appeal to children, who are likely to ask for more about Lenore. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lenore the black Lab befriends a cranky ram named Brutus in another entry in the popular streak of recent stories focusing on unlikely animal pals. Read full book review >