Search Results: "Peter Darbyshire"


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PLEASE by Peter Darbyshire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Although his deadpan tone ('I met the coma woman at Kennedy's place') may strike some as excruciatingly hip, Canadian Darbyshire has a sharp eye for the absurd, and he's ruthless in holding the ridiculous up to ridicule: a winner of a debut."
Hilarious social satire of daily life among the young and nihilistic. Read full book review >

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PUT IT ON THE LIST! by Kristen Darbyshire
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

This bird family has a problem: They are always running out of groceries! Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHLOE by Peter McCarty
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Beautifully benign illustrations conjure powerful familial feelings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who wouldn't want to put on a monster show in a big, cardboard box or pop bubble wrap at rapid-fire speed? Read full book review >

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HENRY IN LOVE by Peter McCarty
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"There's nothing sly or cynical here—just a celebration of the moment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With precise figures placed in vignettes on a gorgeous creamy stock, McCarty tells a sweetly simple, utterly sincere schoolyard love story. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"The story lacks depth and subtlety, although young children may find the role reversal hilarious, and the catchy title and '50s nouveau art provide a soupçon of charm. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lucy, a tutu-clad bear child, begs her mother to allow her to keep a small boy she finds in the forest. Read full book review >

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MADLENKA SOCCER STAR by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A story not quite as intricate as the exuberant girl's fans might hope; nevertheless, a sweet, vuvuzela-free homage to a beloved sport around the globe. (history of soccer endnote, 'soccer' pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-8)"
For fans fresh off the excitement of the World Cup, joyful Madlenka is back, but she's not walking around the block—this time she's dribbling, turning and twisting with her brand-new soccer ball. Read full book review >

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PLAY, MOZART, PLAY! by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2006

"Play a little Mozart and let readers enjoy this feast for the ears and eyes. (Picture book/biography. 4-7)"
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, Sís beautifully harmonizes words and illustration in a delightful and accessible biography of the composer for the picture-book audience. Read full book review >

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CHOWDER by Peter Brown
by Peter Brown, illustrated by Peter Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"He has mean eyes and a scary countenance, particularly on the cover, where he looks like he'd like to bite an unsuspecting reader. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The very first page of this decidedly different dog story lets the reader know that Chowder the bulldog does things his own way. Read full book review >

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THE TRAIN OF STATES by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"One can't even fall back on the standard 'Good for reports.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Combining the author/illustrator's stated "love for [his] adopted country with [his] admiration for antique circus wagons," this offering serves up 50 cars, one for each state, and "a most marvelous caboose" (Washington, DC). Read full book review >

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GO TO JAIL! by Peter Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"It's odd and fascinating material, if a bit antiseptic. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Kent's handsomely drawn book introduces prisons of every crank and radius: prisons without walls (Devil's Island, Siberia); prisons little but walls (the Bastille, the Tower of London); prisons for the most notorious criminals (Alcatraz); prisons for folks who had committed no crime, other than being on the wrong side (prisoner-of-war camps, e.g., Stalag Luft III); and oddball prisons (a hole in the ground, a hollow tree). Read full book review >

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I WISH I WERE BIG by Peter Bowman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"As the animals under observation become larger, Ted appears smaller and smaller by comparison; he's in every spread, and children will want to locate him with every turn of the page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tiny Ted is a very small bear—considerably smaller than the mouse who helps him reach a raspberry for lunch. Read full book review >