Search Results: "Jonathan Simon"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sound, sobering report that's more educative than eye-opening."
A scholarly treatise on the case for American penal reform. 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.

But if The Locals ...


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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 26, 2015

"Despite its many virtues, this book may not appeal to those outside the choir to which it aims to preach."
A spirited, data-driven argument that our computerized voting system is frighteningly vulnerable to corruption. Read full book review >

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PETS by Simon Abbott
by Simon Abbott, illustrated by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An enjoyable, affordable addition to this accessible series. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
Paper engineering animates a bevy of domestic animals as the pages turn. Read full book review >

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POP AND PLAY by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Despite these quibbles, both books are likable and affordable starter pop-ups. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
As the book opens, paper engineering animates a variety of vehicles on the page. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Picture book. 5-7)"
James coasts through this remake of Baby Brains (2004), changing the milieu but not much else. Read full book review >

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THE BIRDWATCHERS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The grandfather's love of birdwatching and the pleasure of sharing this passion with his granddaughter, coupled with the frustration of the novice birder who can't spot a bird, rings true to anyone facing a new challenge, especially a child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This gentle, intergenerational story successfully conveys in a simple and authentic voice a granddaughter's first birding experience. Read full book review >

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THE WILD WOODS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A good-humored vignette with concise, appealingly realistic dialogue and deftly scribbled pen and watercolor illustrations, in the manner of James Stevenson, that nicely convey the large but friendly woods' attractions and the warm interaction between Grandpa and Jess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As Jess and Grandpa make their way through the woods, they debate Jess's idea of taking a squirrel home. ``They're too wild,'' Grandpa says, but, still, Jess follows one over a gate, across a stream, and up the trunk of a fallen tree, pointing out that squirrels enjoy sandwiches and that one could sleep in her room. Read full book review >

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SALLY AND THE LIMPET by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Simple but telling, with cartoon-style illustrations whose deft draftsmanship compares honorably with Quentin Blake's and a Steig-like blend of humor and tenderness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sally tugs a limpet (a mollusk famous for hanging on) from its seaside rock, only to find it stuck fast to her finger. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2016

"A practical, accessible, and fun guide to planning the sailing adventure of a lifetime."
A debut book provides a practical sailing guide to world circumnavigation. Read full book review >

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ITCH ROCKS by Simon Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A satisfying continuation of Itch's adventures as an element-hunter superhero. (Adventure. 10-15)"
Itchingham "Itch" Lofte is back and ready to prove that sometimes kids are better than adults at saving the world. Read full book review >