Search Results: "Mark Derr"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A humbling reminder of the dog's remarkable spirit and intelligence in the face, even, of human cruelty."
A consummate and loving tribute to canines as well as a comprehensive history, seamlessly blending facts, anecdotes, and ideas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"It is a love song, a celebration, and a well-told tale. (photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A sweeping, lapidary history of our relationship with dogs from Derr (The Frontiersman, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"A transporting slice of dog/wolf thinking that will pique the interest of anyone with a dog in their orbit."
Derr (A Dog's History of America, 2004, etc.) explores various scenarios on the road to the long, fruitful relationship between dogs and humans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Objective and cleareyed, but unwilling to press some of the harder conclusions about Crockett warranted by the historical record. (Maps, eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A well-researched if not particularly incisive life of the legendary Tennessee backwoodsman, politician, and Alamo martyr that examines his achievements and changing public image through the years. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LIZARD FROM THE PARK by Mark Pett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"As independent as Max and Ruby, as creative as purple-crayon-wielding Harold, and as dedicated a friend as Charlotte's Wilbur, Leonard will delight kids of all ages, regardless of habitat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a sizable sidekick for one competent kid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AKIKO AND THE MISSING MISP by Mark Crilley
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Thanks to plenty of fill-in references to her previous adventures, new readers can easily delve into this installment, although most will likely seek out prior volumes to catch up on more of Akiko's intergalactic escapades. (art not seen) (Science fiction. 8-10)"
Now in sixth grade, spunky, pigtailed Akiko is back for her tenth Smoovian adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKI FALLS: SPRING by Mark Crilley
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A stark departure from Crilley's previous Akiko series, Miki Falls is a ruminative look at a love and a richly developed labyrinth of fantasy and secrets. (Graphic novel. 12-16)"
A young girl's journey into love evolves with the seasons in the stellar first volume of a quartet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOOM MACHINE by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Though the author gives most of the active roles to the grown-ups, leaving Jack and his science-crazy new friend Isadora largely observers, his feeling for oddball characters and twists recalls Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday (2007) and should draw the same audience. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
A small band of more-or-less ordinary Earth humans takes on a galactic empire in Teague's first full-blown novel (Funny Farm, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT’S WOOLY SWEATER by Mark Birchall
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"While perhaps not the most mannerly of stories, Birchall's delightfully naughty tale is good, er, clean fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This first solo outing by the illustrator of The Wrong Overcoat (2000) is a wry tale with a familiar ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET SHORTCUT by Mark  Teague
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Readers who have found themselves tardy and lacking suitable excuses will prize the brio of Wendell and Floyd. (Picture book. 5+)"
Teague (who illustrated Audrey Wood's The Flying Dragon Room, p. 75) takes the sidelong view of life in this story about Wendell and Floyd, who are chronically late for school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Rip-roaring fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In an illustration bounded by neat white borders, Wallace Bleff writes ``How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' on the blackboard at school. Read full book review >