Search Results: "Margery Williams"


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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Rendered in semitransparent watercolor and colored pencil, the art has an ethereal look that misses out on the warm intimacy Michael Hague brought to his interpretation (1983; reprinted in 2008), but for technical accomplishment and stateliness overmatches Monique Felix's similarly formal pictures (1994) or the plethora of less-memorable versions. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Precious as the language sounds to modern ears (the term "nursery magic" alone will likely set the eyes of even preliterate listeners to rolling), Williams' 1922 classic remains a read-aloud standard thanks to the way big themes of life, death and change weave through its seemingly small and largely familiar domestic events. Read full book review >

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"With some quick fixes, this one could become closer to Real and worthy of a young reader's love. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
This serviceable iPad version of the classic stumbles, primarily over some fixable mistakes. Read full book review >

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
by Margery Williams, translated by Yuki Kaneko, retold by Komako Sakai, illustrated by Komako Sakai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2012

"No replacement for the original, but a particularly tender variant. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A lightly massaged version of the classic tale, with atmospherically combed and rubbed oil-pencil pictures. Read full book review >

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THE RESCUERS by Margery Sharp
Released: Oct. 29, 1959

"Here, on mouse scale, are all the elements of gang plotting, adroit execution, and hairbreadth escape. Here also is a sly humor which digs sharply into the human scheme. Good entertainment, funny, absurd, and thoroughly beguiling.</p>"
<p>An ingenious fantasy, an almost credible satire, this story—a departure from the author's usual material—deals with a trio of mice and their rescue of an imprisoned Norwegian poet. Read full book review >

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THE RESCUERS by Margery Sharp
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1959

"Here is a tale made to order for Walt Disney—but a strange departure for Margery Sharp."
An absurd and beguiling fantasy in which a trio of mice perform a heroic rescue of a Norwegian poet from the dungeon of an impregnable prison. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 19, 1937

"Good reading."
The case book of Mr. Campion, wealthy crime investigator of Dancers in Mourning containing seven episodes wherein he solves jewel robberies, murders, frauds, etc. Oates of Scotland Yard and Campion's imperfect valet also appear. Read full book review >

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Released: May 8, 1936

"Private detective to the rescue."
Another not strictly in the mystery class, so get a plus sale by putting it with fiction as well. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1990

"Overall, then, not likely to burnish the Allingham reputation—or even attract new fans."
Despite the title, this collection of Allingham snippets contains precious little of the enigmatic Albert Campion, and he is best showcased in a (brief) transcript of a 1935 radio interview—during which Allingham charmingly recaps his career and her delight in her upstart character. Read full book review >

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TRAITOR'S PURSE by Margery Allingham
Released: March 7, 1941

"The reader is just as much in the dark as Campion, which is fair sleuthing, but this is really more active adventure-thriller than orthodox detecting, as Campion, and England, come through."
A grand job of suspense, well handled angles on a series-detective, current war and romance as Albert Campion, suffering from concussion, pieces together bits of his identity and the problem on which he is working for the government. Read full book review >

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CARGO OF EAGLES by Margery Allingham
Released: Jan. 24, 1967

"That traditional readership will find it a proper treat."
Presumably Albert Campion's last case (this was completed by Miss Allingham's husband) finds that genial familiar down in historic Saltey, once a smugglers' gateway to London, now haunted by its Demon and tenanted by a murderer as well as some young hoodlums. Read full book review >

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DEADLY DUO by Margery Allingham
Released: May 12, 1949

"English expertness, accomplished and buttersmooth."

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DEATH OF A GHOST by Margery Allingham
Released: April 4, 1934

"Strange events evolve from the will of a painter."
Story centers around art and the Academy in London, and involves the faking of paintings and a mad critic. Read full book review >