Search Results: "Peter Carlson"


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JUNIUS AND ALBERT'S ADVENTURES IN THE CONFEDERACY by Peter Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2013

"Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey."
A rollicking story of imprisonment and escape during the Civil War seems a stretch, but journalist Carlson accomplished a similar feat with a Soviet premier in K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist (2009), and this is another entertaining, occasionally gruesome account. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"A fast-paced work of political history, peppered with references to Shirley MacLaine's knickers, Iowa corn, Dwight Eisenhower's frown, Nina Khrushchev's sidelong glances at Frank Sinatra and all the other makings of mutually assured destruction."
A high-spirited, often hilarious account of a forgotten moment in Cold War history. Read full book review >

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THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >

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MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >

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HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)"
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >

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IT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Children will appreciate seeing the effect they've had on their parents, and the differences between what might have been, and what is. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. Read full book review >

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A VISIT TO GRANDMA'S by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's Florida home, Tina imagines that Thanksgiving will include the traditional fixings, even though Grandma's no longer on the Minnesota farm. Read full book review >

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HENRY’S AMAZING IMAGINATION! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Readers will realize along with Henry's classmates that brightening someone's day with a stretch of the imagination is a gift. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henry's imagination has a way of shanghaiing the truth during show-and-tell. Read full book review >

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GET UP AND GO by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Carlson has posed herself a mighty challenge, but her effort has enough vim to get the job done, and is pegged at those young enough to be saved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A joyously unrestrained, candy-colored salute to exercise, wherein Carlson's company of cockeyed animals encourage young readers to forsake whatever screen has them in its thrall, to go outside and shake that thing. Read full book review >

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SMILE A LOT! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"It makes smiling down the bullies seem like child's play. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In another of her unself-consciously oddball joys, Carlson (How About a Hug?, 2001, etc.) suggests that when life sends a downbeat in your direction you should put on a smile. Read full book review >

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ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Carlson's bright yellows, greens, and magentas express the joy of a child trying out a brand-new set of felt markers, and bouncy animal characters fairly vault off the pages in the sheer delight of self-expression. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >

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HOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The illustrations are similarily light and humorous, with lots of appropriate facial expressions to back up the text of this slight but amusing book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``If you don't want to have any friends, follow these simple instructions.'' So begins Carlson's hilarious catalogue of crankiness, brattiness, snottiness, and just plain bad behavior. Read full book review >