Search Results: "Matt Davies"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"But Davies's many fans will find themselves well sated by the portraiture, the detail, and the richness shared here. (32 pages b&w photos)"
An amiable, discursive ramble through the several lives of Canada's octogenarian novelist. ``Sometimes I quake and grow pale, for it looks as if the Twilight Years, when I ought to be growing roses and sucking my dentures in peace, are going to be passed in back-breaking toil,'' once quipped the then 64-year-old author. Read full book review >

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BEN DRAWS TROUBLE by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny and exuberantly sweet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ben Lukin, the bike-loving boy from Ben Rides On (2013), loses something of special significance: his sketchbook.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEN RIDES ON  by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Great amusement for the bold and timid alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young readers and listeners will feel like cheering when this unprepossessing hero gets his due. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1990

"A grab bag, but a good one, suitable for browsing while waiting for Davies' next novel."
The slightly revised (and first American) edition of the 1979 Canadian collection of journalistic essays, reviews, columns, and character profiles from the esteemed novelist (The Lyre of Orpheus, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NERDY BIRDY by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Very funny and full of hope—and feathers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small, bespectacled bird struggles with friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Investigative journalism at its relentless and compassionate best."
An award-winning journalist uncovers the suppressed story behind the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder rocked the nation. Read full book review >

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MR. DAVIES AND THE BABY by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Readers will want to take Mr. D. for a walk anytime; Voake would be wise to unleash him again soon. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. Davies, a spry little terrier, decides to go along with his neighbor, a young mother, when she takes her baby for a stroll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1978

"A bedside book, perhaps, but only for those fully prepared to doze off and dream not at all."
After-dinner speeches, commencement-day speeches, some humor, and a few lectures by the Canadian novelist-playwright-scholar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NERDY BIRDY TWEETS by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Still, cute and clever, and if it gives some prophylactic friendship pointers to children not yet networked, here's hoping they'll remember them. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An unlikely avian friendship is threatened by an obsession with social media in this follow-up to Nerdy Birdy (2015). Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND MATT AND HENA THE WHORE by Adam Zameenzad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1993

"Much powerful writing, and the events described have all too many parallels, but cumulatively more homily than novel."
Also from Zameenzad (see above): a well-meaning, often mystical story of children trying to survive in war-torn Africa—a story with special resonances considering the situation in Somalia but one that makes more for inspiration than literature. Read full book review >

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MIA, MATT AND THE LAZY GATOR by Annie Langois
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Read full book review >

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THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers may question Matt's and Craz's intelligence, but if the plot is short on sense, the jokes almost always work, and that's a more important brand of magic any day. (Humor. 9-13)"
It turns out that a book doesn't need to make a lick of sense if it has enough baboons and pirates and aliens. Read full book review >