Search Results: "Lynne Truss"


BOOK REVIEW

CAT OUT OF HELL by Lynne Truss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2015

"A Chinese box of anti-narrative that reads like M.R. James on bad acid with a laugh track, complete with demonic cats, murderous librarians and badly overmatched amateur sleuths."
Punctuation czar Truss (The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!, 2007, etc.) turns her very special talents to a cat mystery with a twist: The cats are culprits rather than sleuths or mascots.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Elementary-school teachers will love this lighthearted but instructive effort, as will their students, who will never look at a comma again in quite the same way. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
The title of this clever, creative commentary on commas is the same as the author's bestselling grammatical guide for adults, but the concept here is quite different. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The final spread shows each of the previous pages in miniature with short explanations of the grammatical terms and issues. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Truss follows up her hilarious guide to comma placement with a sequel focusing on the trickier concept of apostrophes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A valuable personal look at what can be a horrendously complex process."
A three-year-long, tear-and-wine-soaked correspondence between two women in hot pursuit of motherhood—-evoking a daunting world of fertility treatments and adoption attempts while offering evidence of the power of determination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR LYNNE by John L. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2014

"Moore's deep familiarity with his characters makes this latest novel a pleasure to read."
Times change, eras end, and memories bleed into the present in Moore's (The Breaking of Ezra Riley, 2012, etc.) slice-of-life novel set in the contemporary West—the fourth entry in his Ezra Riley series. Read full book review >

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WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? by Lynne Tillman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2014

"The world's culture dissected, one cunning, bemused essay at a time."
A miscellany of essays, critiques, narrative explorations and diversions from a literary iconoclast. Read full book review >

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FIRST COME THE ZEBRA by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A nice choice for classroom use and home reading. (map, author's note, glossary, source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After the rainy season, Kenya's animals work in concert, each type eating from a specific niche of the lush grasslands, shown here in appealing, expansive ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT FLOWER GIRL by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"Pair with Gary Soto's Snapshots from the Wedding (1997) for a child's-eye look at a family celebration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
April's big sister Annabel is her best friend, even though she's older. Read full book review >

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THE ARMADILLO FROM AMARILLO by Lynne Cherry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A note distinguishes the carefully researched facts in the art from the fiction concerning the appealing animal observer. (Picture book. 5-9)"
With thanks, in her dedication, to Dr. Seuss, Cherry pens a fanciful verse account of an armadillo's journey through Texas and into outer space. Read full book review >

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FLUTE'S JOURNEY by Lynne Cherry
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Bright, realistic illustrations give the book a picture-book look, but include plenty of detail, particularly in the lush rainforest settings where Flute holes up until spring. (Picture book. 6-9)"
When the snow flies, thousands of birds migrate south to avoid the icy temperatures and shortage of food. Read full book review >

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A WINTER WALK by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A quiet book with special appeal for the observant child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Barasch's second is a marked contrast to the whimsically clever plotting of her debut book, Rodney's Inside Story (1992): on a gray day, Sophie's mom takes her outdoors to ``find the color of winter'': the red of berries still clinging to trees, the fields' ``rust...and yellow...lavender...and gold,'' the brook's blue, a rabbit's brown eyes, and, at the end of their walk, the white of falling snow. Read full book review >

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HIROMI’S HANDS by Lynne Barasch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A glossary and pronunciation guide, a portrait photo and a brief wrap-up close what will be for most young readers a fascinating family story. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Barasch frames this profile of Hiromi Suzuki, a childhood friend of her daughter's who grew up to be an itamae-san, or professional sushi chef, as both an American story and a first-person tale of a young woman's success in a trade traditionally dominated by men. Read full book review >