Search Results: "Norton Juster"


BOOK REVIEW

AS: A Surfeit of Similes by Norton Juster
Released: March 24, 1989

The author of The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) returns with a delightful, and exhaustive, exploration of smiles: explicit comparisons that "reveal the. . .essence of whatever we want to describe. . .to enlarge our understanding or perception of human experience and observation." Read full book review >

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SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE by Norton Juster
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Readers will be as happy as Nanna and Poppy to welcome both of them back. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The ingenuous little girl from the Caldecott Medal-winning The Hello, Goodbye Window (2005) is back, exploring the split personality that causes her loving grandparents to give her two very different names. Read full book review >

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BOON JUSTER by Garth Hallberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"An urbane think-piece of a novel on alleged moon-landing—and baseball and business and marriage—lies, not to be mistaken for a sci-fi thriller."
Hallberg plants seeds of doubt about the Apollo moon landings in this social satire about a fallen adman's learning an astronaut hero, his deceasedbaseball teammate from high school, might have held a history-changing secret. Read full book review >

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THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"As the little girl unwinds at the end of the stay, she imagines the many possible visitors who might come to the Hello, Goodbye Window—but no one is more happily welcomed than her parents, who pick her up after her picture-perfect day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
On the title page, a little girl springs away from her parents; turn the page, and the reader sees only her arms on the gate, the reader taking her perspective as she looks over to the white clapboard house where her Nanna and Poppy's faces stare equally eagerly out of the Hello, Goodbye Window. Read full book review >

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ALBERIC THE WISE by Norton Juster
FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Handsome, gracefully written, and eminently discussable. (Fiction. 10+)"
A leisurely, philosophical tale that first appeared as the title story in a 1965 collection. Read full book review >

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THE ODIOUS OGRE by Norton Juster
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A delicious morsel with which to whet the palate for other works by these giants of children's literature. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Move over, Shrek, there's a new ogre in the picture-book section. Read full book review >

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NORTON AND ALPHA by Kristyna Litten
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A quietly amusing fable that highlights the importance of nature in a mechanical world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What is that strange red object sticking up out of the ground? Read full book review >

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NEVILLE by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A fine treatment of a tried-and-true theme. (Picture book 4-6)"
A little boy, bereft over moving, makes strides toward feeling at home in his new neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A timeless tribute to learning as play, much enriched with background on even the (seemingly) throwaway lines and puns. (Literary criticism. 10-12, adult)"
Still ferrying dazzled readers to Dictionopolis and beyond 50 years after his first appearance, young Milo is accompanied this time through by encyclopedic commentary from our generation's leading (and most readable) expert on the history of children's literature and publishing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Thorough but perhaps overlavish with detail."
A British historian's punctilious narrative about the tragic but colorful life of Caroline Norton (1808-1877), a neglected 19th-century champion of women's rights. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT RAINBOW by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: March 1, 2000

"Picture book poetry."
Paying poetic tribute to the aurora borealis, Esbensen and Davie (Echoes for the Eye, 1996) invoke the legends with which northern peoples have wreathed it. Read full book review >

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BABY WHALES DRINK MILK by Barbara Juster Esbensen
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"An excellent addition to the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out series. (Nonfiction/picture book. 3-8)"
The title epitomizes Esbensen's creative presentation of an important concept: how whales differ from the fish they seem to resemble and share characteristics with other mammals. Read full book review >