Search Results: "Linda Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

CARIBOU GIRL by Claire Rudolf Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Difficult, but compelling. (further reading) (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a long-ago time, the caribou are scarce, and the people are starving; a swift-running Inuit girl named Caribou Girl dreams of the caribou, and so her grandfather gives her an amulet and sends her to find them. Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fans of Brit humor will enjoy, but gird your suspension of disbelief; it's going to get a workout. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Dotty Ida White's equally daffy rare-breed sheep return for more fleecy (mis)adventures. Read full book review >

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BROWN RABBIT IN THE CITY by Natalie Russell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Her strength remains her mix of warmly colored drawings and prints that seem lifted right out of a street scene in the West Village and strike the perfect balance between hip and cozy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Following up on Moon Rabbit (2009), Russell brings the same charm to this sequel. Read full book review >

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LOST FOR WORDS by Natalie Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"While blander than many available options about writer's block, mustering voice or choosing an art form, this may also be more directly encouraging for readers who need the message, as the results seem so achievable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An animal struggles toward self-expression, taking inspiration from his friends' creations and realizing he can choose his own art form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As immigration continues to be a major issue in America, this introduction to the Angel Island experience is overdue and, most of all, welcome. (source notes, selected bibliography, acknowledgments, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Writing with clarity, Newbery Medal winner Freedman (Becoming Ben Franklin, 2013, etc.) explores a lesser-known period in U.S. immigration history, when the San Francisco Golden Gate was anything but welcoming. Read full book review >

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THE UNICORN THIEF by R.R. Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"But readers of the first will need to read this effort, and a third part seems sure to follow. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the sequel to Wonder Light (2013), Twig and Ben continue to protect the last free unicorn herd, on Washington's Lonehorn Island. Read full book review >

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ANGELICA’S GROTTO by Russell Hoban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superb fiction, and a powerful argument for making the complete oeuvre of this remarkable expatriate available in this country."
An elderly art historian's improbable sexual adventures elucidate the perils and pleasures of "madness," in a brilliantly funny novel from the fantasist (and author of children's books) who has produced such memorable fictions as Riddley Walker (1980) and Turtle Diary (1975). Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CLOUD WALKER by E.S. Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 1991

"A small treasure marred only slightly by its hyperbolic conclusion."
An intriguing return for Russell (Nice Enough to Murder, 1971, etc.), whose several years' absence hasn't diminished her skills at plotting or characterization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 15, 1975

"There is no attempt at parallelism among the six different sketches, which could make for a slackness overall, but Freedman does give you the feeling (with his frog escaping from a boy's grasp by emptying her bladder and screaming like a human baby, or his rattlesnake swallowing and digesting a lizard) that you are sharing firsthand observations, not just enduring another regurgitation."
What happens after The First Days of Life (1974)—to a tadpole becoming a frog, a rattlesnake during his first summer, an eagle getting ready to go off on her own, and two beaver kits between their first temporary displacement for their mother's next litter and their permanent expulsion from the family lodge a year later. Read full book review >

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TWENTY ELEPHANT RESTAURANT by Russell Hoban
Released: March 10, 1978

"McCully, alas, never seems to catch on; but that won't matter when you read the story aloud—if you can, without breaking up."
This seductive exercise in runaway absurdity starts out with a wobbly table that is wearing the man out: when he bought it 50 years ago he was young and handsome, and now he's old and ugly. Read full book review >