Search Results: "Judith Kitchen"


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HALF IN SHADE by Judith Kitchen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2012

"Elegantly written and intermittently perceptive, though slightly self-indulgent in form and tone."
Essayist/novelist Kitchen (The House on Eccles Road, 2002, etc.) muses on memory, history and illness while rummaging through family photos. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE ON ECCLES ROAD by Judith Kitchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It takes chutzpah to attempt a story like this, but in this case, poet and essayist Kitchen (Distance and Direction, 2001, etc.) succeeds wonderfully."
A rich and compelling rip-off of Joyce's Ulysses, in which the June day in the life of Molly Bluhm is recorded in all its ambivalent splendor. Read full book review >

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DISTANCE AND DIRECTION by Judith Kitchen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"'Some books are better than others,' she declares. This is one of the former."
Thirty-two essays on the subjects of time and place—some somewhat discursive, others lyrical, all as brief as a sigh. Read full book review >

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BRIEF ENCOUNTERS by Judith Kitchen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2025

"A vibrant and expansive anthology."
Two distinguished writers/editors gather together flash nonfiction essays from both established and emerging writers. Read full book review >

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PIG IN A BARROW by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"For admirers of Kitchens's splendid Animal Alphabet (1984), a disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As in Gorilla, Chinchilla (1990), some rather inane verse (``The hen in a bucket/Watches her chick,/Who's learning to balance—/A difficult trick'') serves to caption some odd pairings, in this case of animals and their containers. Read full book review >

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WHEN HUNGER CALLS by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"He just portrays animals doing what they do to survive, and he does it in elegant detail. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
In his third book on animal behavior, author/illustrator Kitchen (Somewhere Today, 1992, etc.) highlights the eating habits of 12 animal predators. Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE TODAY by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not for reference, but to use as a reminder of creation's beauty, and for simple enjoyment of the art. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
The creator of the outstandingly elegant Animal Alphabet (1984) presents 12 beautifully composed, exquisitely detailed full-page portraits of animals in action: a sea otter floating on its back cracking mollusks; an archerfish squirting down a ladybug; a pair of eagles, talons linked, dramatically plummeting in their courtship ritual; a pair of handsome blue dung beetles at work; a golden dormouse curled peacefully in golden dry grass. Read full book review >

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TENREC'S TWIGS by Bert Kitchen
Released: March 15, 1989

Kitchen (Animal Alphabet, Animal Numbers) is a master of finely detailed, beautifully composed portraits of animals; the African animals here are delineated in his usual impeccable style. Read full book review >

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AND SO THEY BUILD by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An artist known for his elegant sense of design and meticulous paintings (Animal Alphabet, 1984, ALA Notable) depicts 12 animal-built structures: Australia's mallee fowl make self- warming nests of composting vegetable matter covered with sand, controlling the temperature until their eggs hatch; Africa's Cubeterme termites build columns of soil, riddled with chambers for different functions and topped with an umbrella-like cap to ``divert torrential rain''; a pregnant harvest mouse weaves a nest of still-rooted grasses, so that the nest continues to rise to greater safety. Read full book review >

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THEA'S TREE by Judith Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"With its droll paintings and fablelike story, the book will appeal to those whose tree-hugging instincts and good wishes for the Earth's future are intact. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Although Thea has grown up in an ugly brick city without trees, flowers or plants (is it in Europe or North America?), her parents remember trees with fondness. Read full book review >

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IN STYLE WITH GRANDMA ANTOINETTE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Frivolous but fun, this delivers a tantalizing, humorous exhibition of the ups and downs of this secret world of glamour. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley's trendy tale of hair salon hijinks will appeal to the inner divas of young readers. Read full book review >