Search Results: "Jonathan Langley"


BOOK REVIEW

MISSING! by Jonathan Langley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"And his warm-hearted illustrations make the whole episode a spoonful of sweet medicine. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pair of feverish imaginations work their respective owners into swivets in this gently amusing story of crossed signals. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Jonathan Langley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1993

"This doesn't have quite the verve or the delicious irreverence of James Marshall's retelling (1988); still, it's charming enough to deserve a place in most collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another wittily embellished update in the manner of Langley's Rumpelstiltskin (1992). Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Jonathan Langley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Not essential, but an entertaining update, attractively produced. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Somewhat in the manner of James Marshall's humorous renditions of favorite tales, but with iconoclastic additions freely incorporated into the spritely retelling (``Spin this straw into gold...or you will be fed to the Royal Crocodiles'')- -including a novel postcript: once the baby is saved, ``Ruby'' becomes a good Queen who takes over the royal duties, ``leaving the King to count his treasure''; her greedy husband eventually falls into the crocodile pool with a bag of gold and is ``never seen again.'' The lighthearted tone extends to the illustrations, where the characters all look like cheerful children; even Rumpelstiltskin is a merry elf with hardly a mischievous gleam in his eye. Read full book review >

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OWW! by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"A comic tale, with several views of piglets flying through the air and a mild lesson about never refusing help. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fans of Snore! (2001) will welcome this return to the same barnyard full of helpful animals. Read full book review >

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HOMER & LANGLEY by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Usually a master at incorporating history into rich fiction, Doctorow offers few insights here and a narrator/hero who is never more than a cipher."
Brothers live together in a decaying New York City mansion as history marches on in the latest from Doctorow (The March, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A rich and sweeping story superbly told."
A resplendent biography of the "most notorious writer of his day." Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT by Leo Damrosch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A rich and rewarding portrait of an irreplaceable genius."
A feisty, first-class life of the sage and scourge of English Literature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN UNLEASHED by Meg Rosoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"No bones about it, readers of this charmer are in for a real treat."
Jonathan's dogs are having an existential crisis. Or maybe it's just him. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FAIRYTALE CAKE by Mark Sperring
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"With guests like these, how could it be otherwise? (Picture book. 3-5)"
The text may run to just a few words per page, but the pictures in this heavily populated outing invite lingering as dozens of European nursery rhyme and folktale characters gather to prepare a huge cake, and then wheel it down the road to the house of a lucky birthday boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"Like his Gulliver,' Glendinning concludes, 'Swift is always too big or small for the company he keeps,' but she at least puts him into some proportion to his life and times. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A lively, discursive distillation of the Swiftian essentials from Swift's own life. Read full book review >