Search Results: "Michele Sobel Spirn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KNOW-NOTHINGS TALK TURKEY by Michele Sobel Spirn
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Amelia Bedelia's fans will gobble this up. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Thanksgiving seems like a fine occasion for celebration—but as if "dressing" the salad, mashing the potatoes (with a sledgehammer) and sewing string beans isn't hard enough, literal-minded noodleheads Boris, Morris, Doris, and Norris (A Know-Nothing Halloween, see above, etc.) discover that they're supposed to serve a turkey too. Read full book review >

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A KNOW-NOTHING HALLOWEEN by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"On to Thanksgiving (see below). (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In the wake of A Know-Nothing Birthday (1997), noodleheads Boris, Morris, Doris and Norris—and their puzzled puppy Floris—begin rambling around the holidays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE TURKEY by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Anyone who has ever been involved in a school play will appreciate this well-told story illustrating that the show that must go on. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A compelling illustration of a nervous child in a turkey costume draws the reader into this mid-level early reader from the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KNOW-NOTHINGS by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"Steer chuckling readers to the kindred stories in Alvin Schwartz's All of Our Noses Are Here (1985) or to Joanna and Philip Cole's Big Goof and Little Goof (1989). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Stupids have nothing on housemates Boris, Morris, Doris, and Norris, an affectionate quartet as long on silly ideas as they are short of attention spans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Natalie Merentseva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"This exquisite tale will entrance yet another generation with visions of dancing fairies and valiant swordsmen. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
In a fresh interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman's tale, Merentseva and Spirn rely on the original work for inspiration, and the result is a more balanced retelling and broader focus, equal attention to all facets of the story, including the history of how a young boy was transformed into a wooden nutcracker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A liquid entertainment of choice passages on the thoughts and deeds of Copernicus."
Sobel (The Planets, 2005, etc.) offers another meaty-while-mellifluous story of science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 1993

"Many may disagree, but the facts of high finance in the 1980's remain fascinating, even in the author's less-than-neutral hands."
Informative—if often apologetic and even fawning—attempt by Sobel (Business/Hofstra University; The Life and Times of Dillon, Read, 1991, etc.) to put into ``historical perspective'' the Wall Street shenanigans of Michael Milken. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PLANETS by Dava Sobel
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Thoroughly readable: not a dry recitation of facts—though the facts are there—but a lively exploration of the historical and cultural meaning of the planets. "
A brief tour of the solar system, with liberal dollops of scientific history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

B IS FOR BULLDOZER by June Sobel
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2003

"From Asphalt to Zoom, this first-rate read-aloud will delight its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Delivered in verse, this is a heavy-machinery-lover's ABC. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINKY’S SWEET TOOTH by Michele Malkin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A gooey, triumphant follow-up to Alexa Brandenberg's Chop, Simmer, Season (1997), Philemon Sturges's Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza (1999), or other literary main courses. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to irrepressible optimism, clever publicity, and true love for her line of work, a shopowner turns a failing business around in this child's-eye view of Enterprise At Work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"I suspect that immortality may be quite common among extraterrestrials'') and a sense of cosmic awe. (Line art and photographs—not seen.)"
The answer is ``yes,'' says Drake (Astronomy/UC at Santa Cruz), founder of the modern search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), in this likable autobiography told with the assistance of Sobel, former science editor for The New York Times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSEBUSH by Michele Jaffe
FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2010

"Cleverly written with a finger on the pulse of the target audience—a winner. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Fear and anticipation stalk this psychological thriller as popular, pretty Jane tries to recover from a hit-and-run accident while wondering which of her beloved friends is trying to murder her. Read full book review >