Search Results: "Pat Koch Thaler"


BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE’S LITTLE SISTER MAKES A SPLASH by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Unexceptional. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nostalgic slice-of-life from former New York Mayor Ed Koch and his sister, this low-key adventure seems unlikely to hold the interest of contemporary children. Read full book review >

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EDDIE SHAPES UP by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"Larded with earnest purpose but unconvincing and far from likely to be the first call for attention to America's weight problem that children or parents will encounter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a message-driven tale of a plump lad who turns over a new leaf, an ex-mayor of New York and his sister clobber readers with the Board of Education. Read full book review >

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EDDIE: HAROLD’S LITTLE BROTHER by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Warhola's sepia-rich watercolors, reflecting the look and feel of Depression-era New York, are the perfect accompaniment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imagine Ed Koch playing baseball. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE GETS GRAPHIC
by Julie Danielson

It’s a good time, many say a golden age, for graphic novels and comics. The proliferation of such high-quality graphic novels also means that there are publishers out there creating such books specifically for younger readers. (Take TOON Books, for instance. Here is my 2014 Kirkus chat with the Editorial Director, Françoise Mouly, about bringing comics to the easy-reader format ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PLAGUES by Falynn Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A reassuring picture of ever more stout defenses ranged against a scary, invisible world. (glossary, timeline, endnotes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-14)"
Medicine joins our immune systems in squaring off against microbial invaders. Read full book review >

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BATS by Falynn Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Lots of science and a little story—but it's an uneasy mix. (Graphic informational fiction. 8-10)"
Along with an injured little brown bat, readers meet over a dozen other bat species and learn all about bat behavior. Read full book review >

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PREACHER CREATURE STRIKES ON SUNDAY  by Mike Thaler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Other titles in the series are Church Summer Cramp, Easter Egg Haunt and Mission Trip Impossible (ISBNs: 978-0-310-71592-4; 978-0-310-71591-7; 978-0-310-71590-0). (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
The creators of the Black Lagoon stories team up again for a new series called Tales from the Back Pew, focusing on introducing basic Christian concepts in a lighthearted (and often irreverent) way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGGOT PEOPLE by Henning Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Some of the deeper themes feel enduringly relevant, and fans of creepy sci-fi-tinged thrillers will enjoy this book. More mainstream fiction readers may find it a touch too out-there."
Michael, a lonely, aimless Londoner, inherits a family home in the south of France and is surprised to find himself entangled in a passionate tryst with a local beauty named Ariel. He's even more surprised when she breaks the bizarre news that she's a "maggot person"—and that because he's had sex with her, he's now one, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"30's liberals."
An often fascinating—if sometimes aggravating—history that explores how the Soviet Union tried to shape Western cultural opinion in the 1920's and 1930's. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2005

"A defining conflict that still fascinates, explored here by a master of the literary and the political."
Koch (Double Lives: Espionage and the War of Ideas, 1994, etc.) revisits the rude coming-of-age for American intellectuals in a deeply thoughtful, trenchant examination of a literary friendship soured during the Spanish Civil War. Read full book review >

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HOTEL LAMBOSA by Kenneth Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Original, shapely, and richly detailed scenes from the not- too-distant past."
A well-known poet's first collection of stories (in a new series from the publisher; also see Jessica Treat, below): short- shorts that are beautifully observed, refreshingly good-humored, and packed with pleasing details of a colorful life in the bohemian 60's. Read full book review >