Search Results: "Oliver Postgate"


BOOK REVIEW

IVOR THE ENGINE by Oliver Postgate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2011

"With unassuming art and both prose and characters sporting low-key Welsh inflections, this is an engaging natural for both shared and independent reading. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
A new version of the original story line from an animated British television series first shown in the '50s features a close, if less anthropomorphic, cousin of Thomas the Tank Engine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE STINKS by Daniel Postgate
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Bill is an endearing pup any poodle would be lucky to have. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Love stinks when you're the smelliest mutt in town and you've fallen for pristine, purebred poodle Peachy Snugglekins, who happens to be owned by your nemesis, Great Aunt Bleach! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEBODY AT THE DOOR  by Raymond Postgate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Less original than Verdict of Twelve, and marred here and there by dated political satire, but still clever, absorbing, and wide-ranging: another welcome rediscovery by the British Library Crime Classics."
As war hangs over England, a town councilor staggers into his home in Croxburn after what seemed a perfectly ordinary train ride from Euston Station and dies of mysterious causes in this reprint, first published in 1943. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VERDICT OF TWELVE by Raymond Postgate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The results of Postgate's probing eye, by turns psychological and sociological, are richly and rewardingly ironic, right down to the indelibly understated final speech. A classic reprint you can't afford to miss."
This reprint of Postgate's celebrated 1940 debut, which examines the impact of individual jury members' lives and opinions on the outcome of a murder case, is the first entry in Poisoned Pen's British Library Crime Classics to actually live up to the series title. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OUTER REACHES OF LIFE by John Postgate
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Lifts your head out of the muddle."
Diversities of life among the microbes make up 18 generally lively essays by Postgate that—for the general reader—waver on the edge of opacity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNAGGLEGROLLOP by Daniel Postgate
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The crazy perspectives and the little white dog that hides in most spreads add a bit of fun to this otherwise also-ran British import. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sam wants a pet. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for Panic by Lauren Oliver

 

Cover Story: WTF
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Masterful
Bonus Factor: Tournament
Anti-Bonus Factors: Reader Superiority, Patty Chase Award For Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: I'll Split The Reward With You

Cover Story: WTF

This cover might make sense if, say, the book was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SAND SWIMMERS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A remarkably effective combination of history and natural history of a mysterious ecosystem. (bibliography, index of animals, author's note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The remote and forbidding central Australian desert called the "Dead Heart" appears lifeless, but it harbors curious creatures whose tracks appear in the early morning and evidence of an ancient, wetter world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An utterly delightful alphabet book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This amazing "menagerie" presents an original story for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY BACK HOME by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The space theme as well as the simple watercolor-and-pencil illustrations will please every young, imaginative adventurer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy (who bears a striking resemblance to the boy in Lost and Found, 2005 and How to Catch a Star, 2004) finds an airplane in his closet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INCREDIBLE BOOK EATING BOY by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Dish this out to eager readers, with a grain of salt, and watch them snap it up. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a cautionary tale about the perils of unbridled bibliophagy, once young Henry discovers that the more books he eats the smarter he gets, he proceeds to gorge—and not only racks up humongous library fines, but ends up with both stomach and brains aboil with undigested content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT DOG by Mark Oliver
by Mark Oliver, illustrated by Mark Oliver
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Like Chris Raschka's Arlene Sardine (1998), the meaning here definitely depends on the reader. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twee tale of damaged mechanical doggies finding their bliss—or satirical religious allegory? Read full book review >