Search Results: "Mirah Clarke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF MR. MOUSE by Edward Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2013

"A disappointing attempt at both storytelling and interactive camaraderie. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Another badly rhymed, navigationally cluttered "adventure" with Mr. Mouse. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF MR. MOUSE by Edward Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Apart from decent navigation and a few touch features that are only briefly entertaining, nothing in this app rises above mediocrity. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A selfish hamster learns about the benefits of sharing from two generous mice. Read full book review >

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BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >

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E I E I O by Gus Clarke
adapted by Gus Clarke, illustrated by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
Any new edition of ``Old MacDonald'' needs a compelling novelty to justify its existence; here, the author-illustrator of Eddie and Teddy (1991) comes up with an elaborate scheme of incorporating the animals' ``quacks,'' ``moos,'' etc., in cartoon-style balloons that are cleverly integrated into the text on the verso pages where they are first introduced; on the rectos, the animals assemble in their increasing numbers to issue a comical cacophony for new readers to sort out. Read full book review >

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HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >

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TEN GREEN MONSTERS by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"After he gets his just deserts, young readers are sure to go back to the beginning to check out the preceding byplay once again; fortunately, the sturdy pages and binding should withstand plenty of rereadings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusually appealing book with a number of surefire features, not least of which are the eponymous monsters ``standing on the wall'' who, one by one, ``accidentally fall'' in the classic tradition—as revealed by opening a broad flap on each spread. Read full book review >

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SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"A fairly perfunctory overview, but sufficiently engaging and well-written. For a more lively, probing social history, see David Kynaston's Austerity Britain: 1945-51 (2008)."
An account of the British Empire's abrupt decline in influence around the globe following World War II. Read full book review >

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LORD VISHNU’S LOVE HANDLES by Will Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Chaotic but often amusing first novel."
A nearly bankrupt Texas software mogul lets the CIA solve his tax troubles. The price for the service is access to his surprisingly versatile brain. Read full book review >

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Redemption by Michael Clarke
Released: May 1, 2016

"A compelling story that nevertheless will appeal almost exclusively to karate fans."
A British "karateka" offers a bone-crushing, lip-splitting, and often elegant memoir of a tough guy searching for higher meaning through the study of martial arts. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Surely, the greatest voice in jazz deserves an equally compelling biography; for now, her own Lady Sings the Blues, although deeply flawed in its factual account, remains the best introduction to her life and work. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A very much less than definitive biography of one of our greatest jazz performers. Read full book review >