Search Results: "Kenneth J. Spengler"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who may not have the opportunity to sit around many campfires will welcome the musical arrangement at the end. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Presumably in an effort to encourage listeners to chime in, Spengler repeats each line of this campfire ditty, about being chased by a bear, above and below scenes of a young camper, pigtails flying, high-tailing it just ahead of a ferocious looking, honey-colored pursuer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2000

"A counting book with an ecology message with a modicum of appeal. (glossary, musical score) (Nonfiction. 3-6)"
The authors give new lyrics to the familiar rhyming folksong `Over in the Meadow,` here counting ocean mothers and their offspring one to ten from manatee to octopus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY OUT IN THE DESERT by T.J.  Marsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTEL JUNGLE by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Painfully absurd. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vacationing family ends up in the middle of an improbable adventure in a hotel run entirely by baboons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sparkling, thoroughly entertaining portrait of a brilliant popularizer who brought art to the masses."
The man who wanted to civilize us all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KENNETH GRAHAME’S THE RELUCTANT DRAGON by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The story's theme of finding alternatives to violence always merits revisiting, but the original, however wordy it may seem by current standards, still makes a far richer reading experience. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Widely spaced lines of elegant type evoke the witty tone of Grahame's classic, unlike either this stripped-down version of the text, or the accompanying small, childlike watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSCAR J by Sherlene Adolphe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A compassionate guide that can help parents and kids with tough questions."
A debut book steers young readers and their families through experiences of loss. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"Earley reminds us that Tretyakov is no objective observer—he leans over backward to say nasty things about Russia while flattering America and himself. Keeping this in mind, readers will encounter plenty of juicy details about Russian intelligence, which still considers America the enemy."
More outrageous espionage scandal, but this time the CIA and FBI look good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DR. J by Karl Taro Greenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A good enough treatment of the phenomenon called 'Dr. J' and an especially thoughtful account of the man, Julius Erving."
The NBA's most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography. Read full book review >