Search Results: "Manning Productions"


BOOK REVIEW

CHIMPS SHOULD BE CHIMPS by Claire  Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A moving story with graphic appeal makes an effective case for animal rights. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
An elderly zoo chimp tells the story of his oppressive early life as an animal performer. Read full book review >

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GORILLA BAND by Wasabi Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Slick graphics, decent interaction, solid storytelling, flawed story. (iPad storybook app, 3-7)"
Two reluctant music students join forces with several jammin' jungle musicians to form a band. Read full book review >

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MILLIE FIERCE SLEEPS OUT by Jane Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2014

"Readers already know what Millie learns: To everything there is a time and purpose, including fierceness; they will welcome this validation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Manning's Millie returns with fierceness in check until an unwelcome visitor finds her chasing him "like bad luck." Read full book review >

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MILLIE FIERCE by Jane Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The spiky, colorful art is more interesting than the plot, but Millie's fierceness in the middle will speak both to tots who've tried it and those who haven't. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Alluring, edgy watercolors with sharp angles show a tyke's transformation from mild to monstrous and back again. Read full book review >

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A RUINED HOUSE by Mick Manning
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A sweet tribute to ruins, but so tame it seems to cower. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
In examining the physical and biological stages of decay, Manning is more concerned with process than with atmosphere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON MAN DAN by Pickled Pepper Productions
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"Waxing gibbous, waning crescent—that can wait. Who isn't happier imagining the moon snuggling under a comforter? (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
The phases of the moon don't just happen. They are the work of Moon Man Dan (or so says Pickled Peppers' snug application). Read full book review >

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FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE by NoHo Productions App Team
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A ham-fisted multimedia adaptation of an otherwise absorbing tale of human endurance."
Marcus Clarke's sprawling Victorian saga of an innocent man exiled to an Australian penal colony suffers from a multimedia experience that manages to dilute attention rather than enhancing the original source material. Read full book review >

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GUITAR GIRL by Sarra Manning
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"Molly's comments on her ex-hippie parents, and her interactions with them, provide hilarious moments, but not enough of them to get this story rocking. (Fiction. YA)"
Despite an intermittently witty voice and a high interest topic, this trip through the world of pop rock never gets off the ground. Read full book review >

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LET’S GET LOST by Sarra Manning
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"That said, this title will please fans of teen titles featuring bold and layered female characters such as Joyce Carol Oates's Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002) or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (May 2006), co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. (Fiction. YA)"
Isabel, a 16-year-old British teen, passes herself off as 18 to hook up with an older boy, embarks on alcohol binges, bullies classmates, is rude and is oh-so-bored-with-it-all—but she is covering up deep emotional pain. Read full book review >

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COME HERE OFTEN? by Sean Manning
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A delightful collection that will surely inspire many bar-hopping tours."
Writers share anecdotes and reminiscences about their favorite bars from around the world. Read full book review >

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GRASSLAND by Richard Manning
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Manning wants to see the return of bison, grass, fire, and wind, and this book makes a compelling case for such a return. (Author tour)"
A powerful eulogy to the great American grasslands and an informed look at where they have been and where they are heading. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Now that gold is the master, the ancient rhythms receding, Manning hopes that nature won't become a bit of history along the Big Blackfoot."
The Blackfoot River is in trouble, and its woes are described with anger and clarity by Manning (Grassland, 1995, etc.) in this elegiac account. Read full book review >