Search Results: "Nigel Hawkes"


BOOK REVIEW

GENETIC ENGINEERING by Nigel Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Milestones; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Issues'' series, a quick overview that colorfully introduces the promise and problems of fooling with our genetic programs. Read full book review >

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HAWKES HARBOR by S.E. Hinton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Despite the sex and violence, more YA than adult."
Bestselling YA author Hinton's first adult foray, a lurid tale of a boy who goes wrong but is rescued by a man with an even more wicked past. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"It's a popularity that has kept The White Company in print without interruption since 1891."
The creator of Sherlock Holmes took so much greater pride in a series of carefully researched historical novels that posterity has largely forgotten that he tossed his best-loved hero into Reichenbach Falls in order to head off the temptation to revive him. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS TREASURY by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"No new ground is broken in this volume, but Hawkes's illustrations are appealing, especially his costumed animal characters, and readers will be drawn to the attractive cover with the title in raised golden letters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Hawkes (Handel Who Knew What He Liked, p. 1352, etc.) illustrates this large-format anthology of Christmas stories and poems with his luminous, detail-filled paintings featuring muffler-wrapped field mice, a comical dog in a Santa suit, and a traditional St. Read full book review >

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THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH GOES TO NEW YORK by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2011

"A memorable excursion for city residents and would-be tourists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Still called "Toddie" (though now he looks more like a preschoolah), the Bunyanesqe Mainer first met in The Wicked Big Toddlah (2007) tours the Big Apple—both with and without his normal-sized parents. Read full book review >

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THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2007

"Lynne Bertrand's New Hampshire-based Granite Baby (2005). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Setting and plot play equal roles here, as Hawkes pays tribute to his home state of Maine in the course of a big sister's affectionate account of her outsized little brother's first year or so. Read full book review >

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AN IRISH EYE by John Hawkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A bauble, really, and yet nevertheless—told in one long fine poetic unbroken Irish sigh— the bauble of a master indeed."
The long-prolific Hawkes (The Cannibal, 1950, etc., etc., etc.) last offered the tale of a French boy who (The Frog, 1996) swallowed a frog; this time, in a perfect brogue from first to last, an orphaned Irish girl tells how she becomes—but better hush there, since hers is a story that comes down to a single surprise at end. Read full book review >

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SWEET WILLIAM by John Hawkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1993

"This section, like a coda of sickness and illusion and redemption, is quite beautiful—though it can't finally tip the balance away from the word-embroidery and fussy stylistics of the rest."
Hawkes's readers have watched him use horses (or stand-ins for them) time after time; in the 1988 Whistlejacket, the equine finally became a subject of its own in a novel about horse-as-object and horse-as-subject. Read full book review >

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LET'S DANCE, GRANDMA! by Nigel McMullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"This intergenerational story has an ending sure to satisfy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young fox tries to share her passion for dancing when her grandmother comes to visit. Will she succeed in getting Grandma up on her feet? Read full book review >

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HIS ROYAL BUCKLINESS by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"The verse narrative stumbles a bit, but Hawkes's paintings of his fantasy adventure glow with vitality and humor, while the theme of a small person winning autonomy is dramatized with unusual panache. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hawkes (Then the Troll Heard the Squeak, 1991) tells another ebulliently offbeat tale. ``The giants stole Lord Buckley and crowned him their king''—carrying the lad off to a northern land where they coddle him, but don't ``let him slide or bump or run'' lest he break. Read full book review >

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THE FROG by John Hawkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"French culture—maybe; if it's likely to be most appealing to those with a taste for the luxuriantly decadent, it's served, in any case, under Hawkes's (Sweet William, 1993, etc.) usual flawless, rich, smooth sauce of words."
The tale of a French who boy gets a frog in his stomach before WW I, then carries it there through a lifetime that may or may not be allegorical but that the reader isn't entirely unhappy to have end. Read full book review >