Search Results: "Liora Blake"


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READY FOR WILD by Liora  Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Blake (Second Chance Season, 2017, etc.) offers scenic descriptions almost as lush as the sex between the main characters."
A surly mountain man and a celebrity with a big personality wrestle with their chemistry in the great outdoors. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD IS MAKING YOUR FAVORITE FANTASY BOOKS INTO TV SHOWS AND MOVIES
by John DeNardo

Although most diehard readers prefer books over movies, they greet news of TV and film adaptations of the books they love with some amount of trepidation. That's an understandably cautious reaction; Hollywood has butchered more than a few adaptations. But there is also lots to be hopeful about. You get to re-experience the story you loved and others will ...


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7 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

You've seen 7 Fantasy Novels Heading to Film and TV. Now let's take a look at the science fiction books coming your way…

 

Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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BOXES by Liora Grossman
by Liora Grossman, illustrated by Liora Grossman, developed by Eran Lesser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2013

"Appealingly unpretentious, for all that the plot isn't quite as tidy as the art and a few technical bobbles remain. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
In this pleasant if not quite finished (or logical) tale, a manikin living in a city made of boxes goes in search of something that has no corners. Read full book review >

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A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

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COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

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ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

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SUMMER RERUNS
by Julie Danielson

It may be that, here at my weekly Kirkus column, I’ve sung the praises many times before of French author Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader, originally published in 1992. This is to say that, if I’m being redundant, I apologize, but it is a wonderful book. To call it a guide to reading, which it actually is, makes ...


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THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will recognize, if not themselves, fellow students like Max who lose their bearings while trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Max Caldwell is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and in his account of his last year in high school, his voice sounds appropriately like a journalist. Read full book review >

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ROCK STAR, SUPERSTAR by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grabber historical fiction. (Fiction. YA)"
Music permeates Eric's life, including his current group, Mad Skillz, a cover band playing school dances in Portland, Oregon, in the 80s. Read full book review >

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BOY by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bildungsroman never goes out of style, and Nelson still executes it well, if predictably. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An affluent white teenage boy begins to question his place in his peer group after an odd new girl challenges his assumptions. Read full book review >