Search Results: "Matty Simmons"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 1994

"Simmons does not rise to the numerous occasions for satire and sick jokes, though the Lampoon's history is as warped and blackly comic as any of its creations."
Matty Simmons, the ousted chairman and founding father-figure of National Lampoon, has the corner office in his personal history of its first two twisted decades of reinventing American humor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"The title and cover promise the sort of hilarious irreverence that the book rarely delivers."
Animal House fans will find some anecdotes of interest, but there is barely enough here for a comprehensive magazine article on the making of the classic movie. Read full book review >

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SUPER HAPPY MAGIC FOREST by Matty Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"For Where's Waldo? graduates who are ready for heavy-duty irony. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In the full-color world of Super Happy Magic Forest, everyone recognizes what evil looks like…or do they? Read full book review >

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SUPER SLUG OF DOOM by Matty Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Evil gets gooey comeuppance, and the forest is safe…for now. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Uh oh—the Super Magic Happy Forest (2016) faces a new, and particularly slimy, threat. Read full book review >

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The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A book that proves just as keen and charming as its characters."
In Dalrymple's second thriller featuring Ann Kinnear, the appealing spirit sensor fears she may be haunted by the ghost of a killer. Read full book review >

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ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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SWACK TEENS by Terence Simmons
Released: April 1, 2012

"The message of this well-intentioned book is clear, but a lack of substance diminishes its impact."
This short work of juvenile fiction introduces a group of extraordinary teenagers who, at the behest of a benevolent alien, join forces to combat bullying. Read full book review >

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THE RISE OF ENDYMION by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"As hypercomplicated as ever, though with less story and more explanations and padding; still, Simmons's scope is truly staggering, his inventiveness continues to impress, and the narrative offers something for everyone—at least some of the time."
Another (maybe final?) installment in Simmons's massive far- future odyssey (Endymion, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FIFTH HEART by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"It's a lot of fun, too, once disbelief has been suspended and tongue tucked firmly into cheek."
"They were the footprints of a gigantic dove!" Sherlock Holmes meets the Brahmins in this lively, imaginative mashup, done in trademark Simmons (The Abominable, 2013, etc.) fashion.Read full book review >