Search Results: "Paul Brewer"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT AND THE LEMMING PROBLEM by Barbara Seuling
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Just when the little trials of third grade threaten to take the smile off his face, his wise parents recognize just what their boy needs—a puppy. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Robert is back (Robert and the Back-to-School Special, 2002, etc.) and is facing some of the same challenges that most third-graders face: does he want to follow the group? Read full book review >

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ROBERT AND THE WEIRD & WACKY FACTS by Barbara Seuling
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Generous font, lots of white space, frequent amusing illustrations, and a familiar, yet intriguing storyline add up to a winning tale for new readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Robert and Paul want to become instant millionaires and are willing to do almost anything to achieve their goal. Read full book review >

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ROBERT AND THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL by Barbara Seuling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for his further adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
School is back in session for Robert Dorfman and his friends. Read full book review >

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CLIP CLIP CLIP by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"Readers hoping to brush up on hair basics will find no better starting place—and that's the long and short of it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Economically folding several related topics together, Krull (Supermarket, 2001, etc.) starts at the top and stays there. Read full book review >

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THE BEATLES WERE FAB by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Parents and (more likely) grandparents who want to introduce children to their favorite band would do better to play a song or two on whatever device is handy—though as Brewer and Krull note, the transformative impact of the Beatles was such that kids may not even recognize the originality of their music. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Many adult readers will agree wholeheartedly with the title of this heartfelt paean to the Fab Four, but unfortunately, Krull and Brewer don't quite manage to offer enough evidence to effectively convey to children the Beatles' unique appeal and immense contributions to pop culture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2010

Not many biographies of the 16th U.S. president begin "Poor Abraham Lincoln." Read full book review >

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FARTISTE by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2008

"Put that tired copy of Walter the Farting Dog away: This long-overdue tribute to Le Petomane, 'the man who made his pants dance,' is a total blast. (historical note, resource list) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Filling an unconscionable gap in the education of American youth, this rhymed account introduces Joseph Pujol, a 19th- to early 20th-century vaudeville performer who created uncontrolled hysteria from Marseilles to Paris thanks to an ability to fart out (odorlessly) music and many sound effects. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"This one just tries too hard. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Proving that you can't have your blood and drink it too, this shallow vampire tale waffles between vamp/camp and purported somberness. Read full book review >

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FIRST KILL by Heather Brewer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Closing with a threat from a mortal enemy, Brewer's narrative provides a compelling back story for Vlad's fans to sink their teeth into, with more to come. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
The other side of Vladimir Tod's world. Read full book review >

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ON A BEAM OF LIGHT by Gene Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2001

"Will you wonder if the very smart prot is real when you finish? Only if you're as young as Drew Barrymore in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
Brewer brings back the 357-year-old visitor from another planet who first appeared in his debut novel, K-Pax (1995). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"A nutritious but heavy loaf that lacks the leavening of felicity. "
In sturdy but ordinary prose, a freelance historian tells the complicated story of the war that took the life of Lord Byron and freed Greece from Ottoman rule. Read full book review >

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K-PAX III by Gene Brewer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2003

"Go for it."
Following K-PAX (1995) and On a Beam of Light (2001), here's the last volume in the Worlds of Prot trilogy, benefiting from the captivating film version of volume one. Dr. Brewer of the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute thought he'd integrated all of Robert Porter's multiple personalities when his patient at last left the institute, married journalist Giselle, and had son Gene, named after Brewer. Read full book review >