Search Results: "Kathleen Benson"


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DRAW WHAT YOU SEE by Kathleen Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Indelible. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
African-American artist and arts activist Andrews was an outsider by birth and politics but not an outsider, or self-taught artist. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Hopkinson (Birdie's Lighthouse, 1997, etc.) frames her moving, inspirational account as a modern family story shared by Sheppard's descendants one of whom is a librarian at Fisk today. (Picture book. 6-8)"
PLB 0-688-10259-X Taking a big step up from its glamorous, superficial predecessor, African Beginnings (p. 111), this volume looks at the history of slavery in Europe and Africa, plus the growth and decline of the New World slave trade, with a narrative that is closely based on contemporary accounts and full-color and black-and-white illustrations from a variety of sources. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Still, this is an attractive portrait of a 'living legend' and a good match with Delivering Justice (2006), also by Haskins and Andrews. (timeline) (Picture book. 7-12)"
"John Lewis was born at a time when the winds of change were blowing." Read full book review >

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AFRICAN BEGINNINGS by James Haskins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Beginning with the pre-dynastic Nubian culture, Haskins (see review, above) covers the successive rise and fall of Saharan and sub-Saharan empires and major cities between 3800 b.c. and a.d. 1665, then veers away from the political and economic history for three paragraphs (actually a long caption accompanying an unidentified performer) about ``Music and Dance,'' a similar essay on ``Art and Religion,'' and a lengthier, broad account of ``Slavery and Colonization.'' The bibliography is better than perfunctory, but neither the map, which has no political boundaries, nor the timeline, which refers to people and cultures not covered in the text, are particularly helpful. Read full book review >

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COUNT YOUR WAY THROUGH GREECE by Jim Haskins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 1996

"This book's like a whiff of moussaka: tantalizing, but leaves one craving more. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Learning to count in Greek is now as easy as one, two, three, in this entry in the Count Your Way series; Haskins and Benson use the numbers one through ten to expound on Greek history and culture. Read full book review >

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HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE THE FUNNY? by Robby Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Tinseltown characters with no glitter."
The title asks a loaded question, for with the exception of a few sparse moments, someone definitely "stole the funny" from this featherweight roman-à-clef. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

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BEYOND by Michael Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

This bargain edition of Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (2003) may lack the double gatefolds, more than half of the pictures and the Arthur C. Clarke introduction, but it does still offer a mesmerizing grand tour of solar-system high spots. Read full book review >