Search Results: "Kirk W. Johnson"


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TO BE A FRIEND IS FATAL by Kirk W. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A well-written account of one man's righteous quest to overcome government bureaucracy."
A highly readable memoir from a former USAID worker who battled PTSD and bureaucratic red tape to help Iraqi refugees find asylum in the United States. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2001

"A nice job: Like all good sports narratives, this is more about meeting challenges than winning titles."
An evocative account by New York Times reporter Johnson of his participation in the grueling Badwater Ultramarathon, describing the race itself and his reasons for running it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2009

"A worthy topic for a retrospective—if only the narrative were as fresh and innovative as its subject."
A look back at the 1955 and '56 University of San Francisco NCAA championship basketball teams. Read full book review >

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Released: March 7, 2012

"A short, candid book that urges girls to pursue their dreams."
In Johnson's debut picture book, a father encourages his daughter to reach for the stars. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2001

"The publisher no doubt hoped to preserve the legacy of one of the university's best-known alumni, but this unfocused effort is simply not adequate for that purpose. (16 halftones, not seen)"
Carson and Johnson (both Journalism/Univ. of Arizona) have assembled a great many facts about Udall, who died in 1998, but facts alone don't illuminate a life. Read full book review >

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DOWN THE WINDING ROAD by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2000

"A fine book about a strong African-American family and a moving story about the relationship between children and the older members of a family that doesn't involve death, Alzheimer's Disease, or dwell too heavily on other problems of aging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A poignant story about enduring bonds adds a special touch to a common family experience. Read full book review >

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ELI, NO! by Katie Kirk
by Katie Kirk, illustrated by Katie Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Adult readers might want to suggest his family be in touch with the BadDog Trainers whose card appears on the opening spread; children will simply enjoy the havoc. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Geometric shapes, matte colors and few words tell the story of a beloved but not entirely trained pup. Read full book review >

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CAT POWER! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Covering the dreaded litter box, balls-of-string adventures, the scratching post and the dead-bird gift, there are purrs aplenty here for cat lovers. (CD) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Either a companion or counterpoint to Dogs Rule! (2003), these 18 poems celebrate the lovable quirks, reproach the annoying traits and acknowledge the different personalities of all kinds of cats. Read full book review >

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BUS STOP, BUS GO! by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

A hamster stages a cage-break on a school bus in this simple yet enjoyable piece of poetry, where the verse rolls along like the wheels on the bus, imparting a sweet momentum to the story. Read full book review >

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HUMPTY DUMPTY by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The cut-out photos of faces and other details tucked into Kirk's (Moondogs, 1999, etc.) tidy, smooth-surfaced paintings will prompt double takes from viewers, and some chuckles, but the trite plot and long, monotonously rhymed text will get a polite reception at best. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this happy-ending remake of the nursery rhyme, a boy king gets over his shyness by doing himself what all his horses and men couldn't. Read full book review >

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ELF REALM by Daniel Kirk
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unpleasant. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A grim fantasy doorstopper uncomfortably juxtaposes gory adventure with New Age sermonettes. Read full book review >

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TRASH TRUCKS! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 1997

"Big, bold images make the book an irresistible read; children will thrill to this raucous look at hungry garbage trucks. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The trash trucks are coming—monstrous trucks with gnashing grillwork and rattling metal jaws. Read full book review >