Search Results: "Patrick McGuinness"


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THE LAST HUNDRED DAYS by Patrick McGuinness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"A clunky debut lacking suspense."
The final months of Ceaucescu's dictatorship in Romania, as seen by a young British expat. Read full book review >

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THE SEA WITH NO SHIPS by Frank McGuinness
Released: June 5, 2000

"Packed with history and supposition, these 36 inventive and diverse poems explore the temporal nature of beauty and love with both intelligence and cunning."
It is no surprise that Dubliner McGuinness is best known as a playwright of both original works (The Factory Girls and Dolly West's Kitchen) and adaptations (the Tony-winning A Doll's House), for his best poems are lyric monologues written in the voices of public or historical figures: "A Woman Untouched" is about a contemporary Helen of Troy, for example, while "Rosa O'Doherty" portrays the life of a 17th-century Irishwoman. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

Rotten Ralph's soul mate, introduced in Bad Cat (2003), returns for more seeming mischief that always, as if by magic, turns into happy endings. Read full book review >

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RENEE PATRICK
by Gerald Bartell

Reach for the popcorn. The silver screen sleuths from Paramount Pictures, one-time would be actress Lillian Fox and costume designer Edith Head (based upon the real life Oscar winner) team up for their second case in Renee Patrick’s Dangerous to Know. With Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns firing off great lines, the caper is as much ...


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ASHLEY BRYAN by Ashley  Bryan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"When he concludes, 'I've enjoyed walking the island with you,' readers will believe him. (Autobiography. 9 & up)"
A joyous photo of the author with outstretched arms on the cover invites readers to join him on a walk through his life, present and past. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Small listeners will nestle deep under their covers feeling thankful for tender books that make bedtime a pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Clement, Jean, and Alan Alexander (a small rabbit, miniature elephant, and a pint-sized bear) enjoy a proper pajama party—complete with chicken dances, funny faces, balloon bounces, midnight snacks, stargazing, and lullabies. Read full book review >

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THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY by Patrick O’Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Though he characterizes Bligh as a brilliant sailor, it's the Captain's severe lack of people skills that comes through most clearly; still, an adventuresome tale, well told. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
A specialist in nautical art, O'Brien finds a ready subject for his talents here, pairing dramatic, realistically detailed scenes of sailing ships and small boats tossed on rough waters (or anchored near idyllic Pacific islands) with a lucid account of the Bounty's troubled final voyage, and the amazing 3,600 mile journey that Captain Bligh and a small group of loyal crewmembers were forced to undertake in an open boat after the mutiny. Read full book review >

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SABERTOOTH by Patrick O’Brien
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"With a cover image of a snarling tiger, attractive design and relatively small amount of text, this may be irresistible, but buy with care. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Sabertooth is actually the name for a group of large prehistoric cats, distant cousins of today's tigers. Read full book review >

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MUCUMBER MCGEE AND THE LUNCH LADY’S LIVER by Patrick Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Adequate but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tummy troubles persist in this tepid follow-up to Mucumber McGee and the Half-Eaten Hot Dog (2007). Read full book review >

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MUCUMBER MCGEE AND THE HALF-EATEN HOT DOG by Patrick Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

Loehr matches irregularly metered verse to shadowy Charles Addams-style illustrations for his debut—and both are wrong for his lightly comical tale of a peckish lad who eats part of a raw hot dog, then panics when his sister tells him he'll probably die. Read full book review >

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WAG! by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Many woofs and FWIPs for this charming book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mooch, a cat of many personalities and curiosities, and his very best friend, Earl, a philosophical and kindly Jack Russell terrier, present many answers to the ancient question: "What makes Earl's tail wag?" Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE HEAVEN by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Perfect for storytime for small groups or one in a lap or as a gift to your favorite curmudgeon, this gentle lesson should find a place in most collections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Following his Art (April 2006), cartoonist McDonnell returns to his Mutts characters to tackle another weighty topic with just the right touch. Read full book review >