Search Results: "Karl Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

KARL BENZ by Brian Williams
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Chronology; brief, irrelevant bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the ``Pioneers of Science'' series, some interesting period illustrations and biographical details concerning the German who built the first practical automobile. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY SWANSON by Eleanor Updale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2011

"The writing is ripe for a theatrical production, but the Briticisms may trip up some American readers. (Historical mystery. 9-12)"
Take an old-fashioned British melodrama set in 1929, feature an 11-year-old boy whose sucker newspaper ads become the contrivance for a murder mystery, throw in a wide-spread TB panic and there's the plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLORIA SWANSON by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An uneven, rushed-through life with occasional high notes."
A biography of Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), who was difficult, vain, arrogant and self-deluded, as well as shrewd, stylish and magnetic. She was, by her own account, "every inch and every moment a star." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Rosie loses the election—but somehow, readers will want to cheer her on to further adventures. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The stars of Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime (1990) return, as odd a trio as any in middle-grade fiction. Read full book review >

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WHEN GRAMPA KISSED HIS ELBOW by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Grandpa share. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gifted storyteller (The Dancing Skeleton, 1989) presents a familiar theme—a happy relationship between grandparent and child—with unusual insight and sensitivity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMIL AND KARL by Yankev Glatshteyn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"The translator's afterword explains that this is one of the first novels written about the Holocaust in any language and for any age. (Fiction. 10+)"
Glatshteyn presents an unstintingly stark depiction of Nazi terror in this story, set in Vienna shortly after the German occupation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOMEBODY by Joyce McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"The story is told in a fresh, lucid style that effectively dramatizes the familiar situation; Swanson's soft full-color art, reflecting the shadows and evening light in which the cat conceals herself, extends the quietly poignant tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peebles sneak away from their ramshackle house, leaving a pile of trash and abandoning their dog and cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARL MARX by Jonathan Sperber
Released: March 11, 2013

"Authoritative in its scope, but dense and unnecessarily difficult."
A thorough but starchy portrait of the father of modern communism. Read full book review >

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KARL MARX by Francis Wheen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Respectful yet non-hagiographic, Wheen's life of Marx deserves a wide readership."
Superb life of the thinker who, for better or worse, molded the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Still, this makes an engrossing survival tale, and provides unusual insight into Muir's character. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A dramatic retelling of an episode from renowned naturalist Muir's memoirs, set to equally dramatic, if somewhat jumbled illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOST OF KARL MARX by Ronan de Calan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"With its companion, great thinkers viewed from unusual angles—but better as refreshers than first introductions. (Philosophy. 12-15) "
Cheerfully bidding readers to chill ("Don't be afraid! It's only a sheet!"), the ghostly Marx rises up to explain the origins of his social philosophy. Read full book review >