Search Results: "Oliver Stone"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Preaching to the choir, perhaps, but an invigorating sermon all the same."
Zinn-ian conspiracy theories, propounded engagingly and energetically by filmmaker and gadfly Stone and Cold War scholar Kuznick (History/American Univ.). Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A natural and notable companion for Joy Hakim's magisterial but sunnier History of US (2006). (chronology, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
The darker side of the "American Century," recast for younger audiences from the companion to a sobering documentary film (book and film both 2012). Read full book review >

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A CHILD'S NIGHT DREAM by Oliver Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A must for Stone fans, though cooler heads may find it the most gratuitous literary exhumation since Norman Mailer's Transit to Narcissus. (Author tour)"
You know you've arrived as a celebrity filmmaker when an editor urges you to ransack your 30-year-old shoeboxes in search of a novel as fragmentary and adolescent as this one. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE? by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clever concept book from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hooray! Jeffers' Hueys return—not in a story, but in a concept book about opposites. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT PAPER CAPER by Oliver Jeffers
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sophisticated readers may giggle over the mystery and mock trial, and adults may admire the undeniably hip artwork, but the story's message is a bit convoluted, mixing themes of forgiveness, eco-consciousness and teamwork. (Picture book. 6-9)"
"There was a time in the forest / when everything was not as it should have been." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST AND FOUND by Oliver Jeffers
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence's Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. Read full book review >