Search Results: "Matt Madden"


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THE ZABÎME SISTERS by Aristophane
by Aristophane, illustrated by Aristophane, translated by Matt Madden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Includes an afterword by translator Madden and a reading-group guide. (Graphic novel. 13 & up)"
The final published work from the late French comics artist is a whimsical, meandering jaunt through the chaos and possibility of adolescence. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2008

"A valuable resource for all interested in the field and a natural companion to Scott McCloud's quintessential texts Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics. (appendices, index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. YA & adult)"
Smartly designed and easy to understand, Abel and Madden's text is an edifying course in creating comics. Read full book review >

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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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THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013 by Jeff Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination; at its worst, great art."
The eighth volume of the series collects 30 examples of graphic storytelling—either in whole or as excerpts—from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics and Web comics. 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 >

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Zenji & the Muzzy Bug by Aisl Madden
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A vibrantly illustrated, relaxation-focused sleep story that has plenty of appeal.
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A bright green, kid-friendly monster does visualizations to defeat a cold in Madden's children's series debut. Read full book review >

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TIME OF DEATH by Gary Madden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2011

"Madden's debut mystery is an offbeat combination of noir and the supernatural that could appeal to a wide audience."
When Death asks a favor, who can say no? Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Colleen Madden
Released: May 1, 2017

"A suitably festive deployment of the familiar song, now safely in the public domain. (Picture book. 3-adult)"
A gift book featuring an expanded version of the "Happy Birthday" song with new verses, accompanying illustrations, and even a button to push that plays a recording of the familiar song. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Readable, sometimes chilling tour of an intriguing subculture. See also Melissa Milgrom's Still Life (2010)."
Madden (English/Univ. of Alabama) investigates the subculture of taxidermy, a subject he admits is repellant to many readers. Read full book review >

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MOLLY FOX’S BIRTHDAY by Deirdre Madden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2010

"Madden's low-key approach to celebrity is one more part of this novel's singular charm."
Family, friendship, self-knowledge, the theater—a successful playwright ruminates on all this and more in a haunting novel, finalist for the Orange Prize, from the Irish Madden (Authenticity, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >