Search Results: "Jr. Selby"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WILLOW TREE by Jr. Selby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"It's becoming increasingly apparent that he's fated to be remembered as a one-book wonder."
The first novel in 12 years from the once-notorious author of Last Exit to Brooklyn is an embarrassingly cartoonish amalgam of West Side Story, Edward Lewis Wallant's The Pawnbroker, and—I kid you not—Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Read full book review >

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WAITING PERIOD by Jr. Selby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Tedious, pretentious, awful."
A near-unreadable rant from Selby (best known for Last Exit to Brooklyn, 1964) about an anonymous loser who fails to commit suicide and goes on a killing spree to make up for it. Read full book review >

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BEACH BUNNY by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"It almost need not be said—children will love him, too. (Picture book. 2-6)"
For her first picture-book solo, Selby (In the Still of the Night, 1994) creates bold, colorful graphics that will be popular with the point-and-name set. Read full book review >

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THE SEED BUNNY by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"An ebullient take on an important rite of passage. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Selby (Beach Bunny, 1996) offers another affectionate and accurate portrayal of the bond between parents and preschoolers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 22, 2008

"The best of Selby's verses sing, loud and off-key perhaps, but too soulfully not to tap your toes and snap your fingers."
High-spirited and wide-ranging free verse steeped heavily in jazz beats and the Beats' jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The workmanlike telling of Ogorzow's pursuit and eventual capture lacks a certain impact, though fans of serial-killer narratives will surely be engaged."
Straightforward account of the historical curiosity of a sadistic serial killer preying on women in the heart of Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 2012

"A fast-paced adventure story that will engage young readers."
In Selby's debut young-adult adventure novel, a boy hits the road during the Depression and finds friends, foes and a fire-breathing dragon. Read full book review >

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IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT by Jennifer  Selby
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The various sounds of the barnyard animals are amusingly presented, and the childlike illustrations, with their vivid black outlines and juicy, saturated colors, are sure to captivate readers of all ages. (Picture Book. 3-7)"
When a rowdy rooster can't keep quiet, he wakes the pigs with his crowing; the pigs in turn wake the sheep, who wake the cows, who wake the horses and so on. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Although this was a tempest in a teapot, readers will enjoy Selby's account of a hitherto-obscure Nazi plot and the energetic counterintelligence that foiled it."
An entertaining account of a last-gasp Nazi effort. Read full book review >

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WALLACE AND GROMIT by Rona Selby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"Stick with the DVDs. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Reminiscent of early Sesame Street titles for its mediocre writing and fuzzy, low quality illustrations, this house tour will not only be meaningless to readers unfamiliar with the Wallace and Gromit feature film and shorts, it'll leave even confirmed fans struggling to make out what's going on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR DAY by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This is peaceful territory, intended for the very young. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A comforting tale about a bear whose day is very similar to that of a child. Read full book review >