Search Results: "Jonathan Gottschall"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Gottschall brings a light touch to knotty psychological matters, and he's a fine storyteller himself."
A lively pop-science overview of the reasons why we tell stories and why storytelling will endure. Read full book review >

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THE PROFESSOR IN THE CAGE by Jonathan Gottschall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A personal history of violence that makes Norman Mailer look nuanced by comparison."
An English professor becomes a mixed martial arts cage fighter and then examines the history of human violence to justify the act. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN DEE
by Rachel Sugar

Jonathan Dee’s latest, an exquisitely nuanced drama of simmering small-town politics, is so prescient—so uncannily current—it’s a source of concern. “I worry a little bit the novel is close enough to current events that people are going to read it a little too much as if it were a key to current events,” Dee says.

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BOOK REVIEW

I'M NOT READING! by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Fun and reassuring. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Baby Owl's plan to read a story to his toy, Owly (not the delightful comic-book character, but adorable just the same), turns viral. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RABBIT WHO LIKED TO SAY MOO by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: March 3, 2008

"EWSLUGp2007, illustrated by Allie Busby, is just one of several recent examples—but this one is a particularly crowd-pleasing iteration. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Allen's big, simple pictures of smiling farm animals give this invitation to a collective Moo-Along unusual appeal. Read full book review >

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“I’M NOT SCARED!” by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"A nice choice for youngsters just starting to explore the outside world. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Baby Owl—accompanied only by his trusty toy owl, Owly—is out at night, sans parents, for the first time, and if he feels a bit frightened, he certainly isn't going to admit it. Read full book review >

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“I’M NOT CUTE!” by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Young listeners will recognize themselves without realizing it; their parents will smile knowingly. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Baby Owl sets out to explore the woods. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED HEN by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"If self-righteous versions of this story find you hoping the hen chokes on her bread, Allen's will have you hoping it's delectable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
One feckless, lazy citizen of the farmyard after another is revealed in this well-crafted, amusing novelty. Read full book review >

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DON'T WAKE THE BABY by Jonathan Franklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"The illustrations for this commendable debut are unusual for their energy and subtle use of vivid color; the concluding twist—the baby wakes Marvin—provides a satisfying irony. Especially appropriate for a parent/preschool group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Mother cautions eponymously from the next room, Marvin plays rambunctious imaginative games (cowboy, magician, pirate, etc.) around his sibling's crib, finally falling asleep in the crib. Read full book review >

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TRUE HEROES by Jonathan Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Broad streaks of sentimentality, particularly in the pictures, but the worthy purpose shines through. (Short stories. 8-12)"
In this unusual pro bono gathering, 21 children struck by cancer are worked into elaborately staged photographs and then into matching stories created by as many Utah authors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG SNOW by Jonathan Bean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Winter's chills, rituals and resulting familial closeness, rendered in simple, surprisingly poignant drawings, make this a perennial read at first frost. (Picture book. 2-6)"
David tries to help his mother with Christmas housecleaning, but his mind swirls with thoughts of the big snow predicted to fall that afternoon. Read full book review >