Search Results: "Matthew J. Baek"


BOOK REVIEW

PANDA & POLAR BEAR by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Done primarily in shades of blue for the polar bears and greens for the pandas, they are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a maybe-imaginary world where only a steep cliff separates a warm, grassy, bamboo-filled paradise inhabited by panda bears and a wintry wonderland populated by polar bears, one curious young polar bear falls off the cliff and into the mud. Read full book review >

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BE GENTLE WITH THE DOG, DEAR! by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Empathy well taught. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Based on the author's own family's experiences, this is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has both small children and a furry pet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN GOD’S HANDS by Lawrence Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A worthy choice for all collections. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wealthy Jacob is concerned with ways to make more money but routinely falls asleep during the Rabbi's weekly Sabbath service. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEMIMA J by Jane Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"Slightly unpredictable story development saves this from exactly duplicating the vast mound of similar feel-good modern fairy tales for women, but it lives in the same neighborhood."
An overweight woman turns from ugly duckling to swan in British novelist Green's American debut: a tale that offers plenty of engaging plot twists but not much substance. Read full book review >

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J. EDEN by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1996

"Terrific takes on time's rush, with a touch of that personal enlightenment offered to a certain generation of moviegoers by The Big Chill—but less glib."
Reedian thoughts about life, marriage, middle age, and children when three couples, their kids, and a close friend spend the summer lumped together in a New England farmhouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"Earley reminds us that Tretyakov is no objective observer—he leans over backward to say nasty things about Russia while flattering America and himself. Keeping this in mind, readers will encounter plenty of juicy details about Russian intelligence, which still considers America the enemy."
More outrageous espionage scandal, but this time the CIA and FBI look good. Read full book review >