Search Results: "Kevin Mattson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"A galloping history full of interesting characters and significant moments."
Mattson (Contemporary History/Ohio Univ.; Rebels All!: A Short History of the Conservative Mind in Postwar America, 2008, etc.) presents a bright snapshot of a nation in flux. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A slight work about a bygone era, but with lessons to offer for our own time."
Time was, in the antediluvian years before Reagan, that "liberal" was a handle a fighting man could cop to. Its devaluation into the much-maligned "L word," writes the author, owes as much to left as right. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"In that sense—and given the talk of 'real' American-ness that persists today—Mattson's excellent book is a timely companion to the current election season. The question is: Who's playing Nixon?"
A cocker spaniel and a plain cloth coat become emblems of the paranoid-style right-wing politics of the 1950s, courtesy of one Richard Milhous Nixon. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2012

"Thorough and thoughtful, but with dense scholarly foliage that needs pruning."
A liberal columnist and a professor examine the zigzag route of liberal politics since the New Deal. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC MISTAKE by Barbara Brauner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Quick-witted and spunky, Lacey beguiles readers in her second adventure. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The return of fairy godmother Katarina once again casts 12-year-old Lacey's life into disorder. Read full book review >

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NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >

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BASEBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Still, as well as a browser's delight, a wide-angled, if fragmentary and heavily pixelated, overview of the sport as it was and is today. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Even confirmed students of the sport will have something to learn from this fannish assemblage of baseball facts and trivia. Read full book review >

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WAITING by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Waiting as a joyful activity in itself is almost never celebrated; this Zen-like meditation might win some converts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Five toys ranged on a windowsill exemplify existential pleasure. Read full book review >

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PANDA-MONIUM AT PEEK ZOO by Kevin Waldron
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"In spite of this misfire, few will be able to resist this sweet tale of adult incompetence and youthful problem-solving skills. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A parade, a party and a panda veer tenuously close to a disastrous fiasco in this charming sequel. Read full book review >

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PENNY AND HER MARBLE by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Another gem. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Whose marble is it? Read full book review >

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PENNY AND HER DOLL by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A doll of a beginning reader. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Following Penny and Her Song (2012), Henkes delivers an even stronger slice of anthropomorphic mouse life for beginning readers. Read full book review >

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THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH GOES TO NEW YORK by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2011

"A memorable excursion for city residents and would-be tourists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Still called "Toddie" (though now he looks more like a preschoolah), the Bunyanesqe Mainer first met in The Wicked Big Toddlah (2007) tours the Big Apple—both with and without his normal-sized parents. Read full book review >