Search Results: "Mary Blair"


BOOK REVIEW

WALT DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Jon Scieszka
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"But they ended up being the dinner'—this isn't likely to excite more than mild interest in children, although the art may be of interest to film historians. (Picture book. Adult)"
As with 2007's Walt Disney's Cinderella, written by Cynthia Rylant, this volume showcases the color sketches of Blair, who was a production designer for many of Disney's classic animated films. Read full book review >

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A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS by Mary Blair
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"For Boomers, a nostalgic trip back to their diaper-clad days, and if not exactly multicultural (despite some song lyrics in German and French), still enjoyable for today's young children. (introduction) (Picture book collection. 3-5, adult)"
Despite the art's distinctly retro look and coloring, the five Golden Books in this gathering—four complete, one excerpted—only rarely come off as period pieces. Read full book review >

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WALT DISNEY’S CINDERELLA by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Its main audience will likely be drawn either by nostalgia, curiosity about the animated filmmaking process, or the enduring appeal of the tale itself. (Fairy tale. 7-11)"
In this "bibbity-bobbity-boo"-less rendition of the classic film's plot, Rylant focuses on larger themes—"Every day Cinderella wished for Love"—rather than characters, crafting a lyrical romance free of sympathetic small animals, songs, much dialogue or even (with the titular exception) names. Read full book review >

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BABY ANIMAL FARM by Karen Blair
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping these youngsters step out for another adventure very soon. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A gaggle of tots meets various baby animals at the farm. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST RUNNER by Blair Richmond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Vegan vampires, Shakespearean actors, food-co-op aficionados and serious runners face off against old-school bloodsuckers and rapacious, forest-devouring builders in this follow-up to Out of Breath (2011) set in—where else?—Lithia (Ashland in disguise), Ore. Read full book review >

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MOLASSES FLOOD by Blair Lent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Attractive and offbeat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A note explains that, though there really was once a flood when a molasses tank exploded (with tragic consequences not mentioned here), Lent bases his fantastical tale on a story his mother told him as a boy. Read full book review >

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WHO'S THAT GIRL by Blair Thornburgh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"A light, funny romance that offers few surprises but a fair degree of satisfaction. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A teen is unwittingly vaulted into the limelight by her old crush when his band hits the charts with a song that he seems to have written about her. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2003

"Tart and emotional, with the right degree of circumspection for the parties concerned—or at least those who deserve it. (96 photographs)"
Stage and screen actress Blair follows her own muse—as a professional actor and committed leftist—in this ever-surprising memoir. Read full book review >

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MURDER FOR THE PROSECUTION by Blair Hoffman
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

Moments before she's scheduled to argue a case before the California Supreme Court, Rachel Brandwyn—surrounded by fellow appellate attorneys who ``couldn't possibly have shot Rachel''—is killed by a revolver tagged as evidence in another murder case. Read full book review >

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TEMPTATION by Cynthia Blair
Released: May 3, 1993

"Sitcom-like in its predictability and easy solutions, but funny and lively as well—especially regarding the difficulties of modern family and romantic relationships."
A first hardcover from an author of some 30 YA and adult titles: an amusing if predictable fairy tale/romantic comedy that follows the perilous journey of a wisecracking New York woman of the 90's as she struggles with black magic and her own ineffectual wishful thinking to make her dreams—and those of her sisters—come true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 10, 2001

"Mostly painless, sometimes amusing."
Unlike most anthologies of dirty prose, this one has the great advantage of brevity: Almost all of the 45 selections here are short excerpts from larger works that came into the world as novels or short stories rather than "erotic fiction" per se. Read full book review >