Search Results: "Nathan Rabin"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"A wild rock 'n' roll ride."
The head writer for the Onion A.V. Club goes native with Phishheads and Juggalos. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Alternately engaging, maddening, hilarious and excessive."
With pop culture as his guide, the head writer for The Onion A.V. Club reflects on his turbulent, angst-ridden youth. Read full book review >

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23 Degrees South by Neal Rabin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Readers may see where it's going, but this droll narrative's still a witty, boisterous ride."
Rabin's debut comedy follows two childhood friends and their misadventures in Brazil with a Jesuit priest, a bomb-loving career criminal, and an unassuming Nazi. Read full book review >

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RABIN by Leah Rabin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Always interesting, but this is more of a eulogy than a memoir. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A straightforward (and somewhat superficial) account of the life and times of Israel's late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by his widow. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An author's note explains the genesis of the story and fleshes out the principals, including Tad and Willie, who, like their father, lived too-brief lives. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Not much is heard about President Lincoln's children, so Rabin fills a gap with this brief snapshot into the lives of two of them, Tad and Willie, which Ibatoulline illustrates with a softly drenched light that suggests yesteryear and a hint of melancholy, his images often evoking hand-tinted daguerreotypes. Read full book review >

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BLACK POWDER by Staton Rabin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Kids deserve better, and writers for kids should know this. (historical notes) (Fiction. 12-15)"
This perfectly dreadful time-travel fantasy takes a hip black teen from 2010 L.A. back to 13th-century Oxford in an attempt to convince Roger Bacon, the brilliant Franciscan scholar who discovered gunpowder, to destroy his legacy. Read full book review >

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BETSY AND THE EMPEROR by Staton Rabin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Even readers who don't know of Bonaparte will be caught up in the interplay between girl and emperor and the surrounding drama of the world's history—and their own. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The bare bones of this inventive historical fiction is the unique friendship between Napoleon Bonaparte and 14-year-old Betsy Balcome, whose English family lived on St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG TRACTOR by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Definitely worth a second look among the extensive array of books about large vehicles. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A burly man in a plaid shirt and baseball cap addresses his tractor as "Ol' Partner," reminding his green-painted friend of all the jobs they do together over the course of one agricultural year, from spring to winter. Read full book review >

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JUNCTION by Nathan Jurevicius
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An enticing slide into the strange, particularly for fans of Shaun Tan's wilder fancies. (Picture book. 7-10) "
The scion of a family of Face Changers journeys through a surreal landscape in this pleasantly creepy outing from the creator of Scarygirl (2010, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SPEED by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Fans will race to share this with their favorite racers-to-be, though they will need to fill listeners in on all the specific whys and hows. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With the same attention to detail as his Drive (2008) and Job Site (2011), Clement brings stock-car racing to life for armchair drivers. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD IRONCLAD! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
Travel with Nathan Hale back to 1861 for the famous Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the war's first ironclad ships. Read full book review >

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JOB SITE by Nathan Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Pair this with Sally Sutton's Roadwork (2008) for a similar treatment of a different job site. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his debut, Drive (2008), Clement profiled a single 18-wheeler and its driver; here he explores the ever-popular realm of construction trucks. Read full book review >