Search Results: "Nathanael Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Not intended as an exposé, but as an overview, the book strikes at the heart of hot-button issues with an Everyman appeal."
In his debut, journalist and This American Life contributor Johnson examines aspects of medicine, food and the environment to encourage informed decisions among readers caught between the nature-vs.-technology argument. Read full book review >

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STEAMPUNK ALPHABET by Nathanael Iwata
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"The handsome production values and sincere enthusiasm can't be denied, but it's hard to imagine the right audience for this book. (Board book. 13 & up)"
Letter by letter, Iwata builds a steampunk world for a story that does not exist and formats it for an audience that can't possibly comprehend it. Read full book review >

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NATHANAEL WEST by Nathanael West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This Library of America volume, reprinting the novels along with screenplays, short stories, essays, and some wonderfully pungent letters, demonstrates that not much has changed: West is still a satirist with few peers and no betters, and a writer of bleak, haunting power."
``Forget the epic, the masterwork,'' Nathanael West said. ``In America. . . families have no history. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
Released: May 16, 1939

"There is no plot — merely scenes here and there showing up Hollywood nuts and freaks, rather than glamor girls."
The author of Miss Lonely Hearts has written in this new novel, as pointless and inane a book as I have encountered for some time. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"That Peter Rabbit's mischief was written down first for a real child will make that story all the more powerful to readers, and may be their first acquaintance with literary history. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-8037-2051-3 Johnson enchantingly recounts for the picture-book audience the well-known story of the origins of Beatrix Potter's first book. Read full book review >

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LOOK AT THE BABY by Kelly Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the rhyme concludes: 'sweet, sweet, sweet!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
A photographic investigation of a baby from head to toe lends itself to repeat visits to its adorable subjects. Read full book review >

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EDDIE’S KINGDOM by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eddie's kingdom is an apartment building that houses a mixture of eccentric tenants. Read full book review >

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PAPA'S STORIES by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A sensitive, creatively plotted story, enhanced by the author's watercolors of middle- class African Americans; a natural pairing with Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise (1989). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every evening, after Papa comes home from work and washes off ``a day's worth of soil,'' he ``reads'' Kari a book, perhaps the one he calls ``Little Miss Too-Big-for-Her-Red-Britches'' (while the illustration depicts Little Red Riding Hood). Read full book review >