Search Results: "Peter Smith"


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MONSIEUR ALBERT RIDES TO GLORY by Peter Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"Slow and steady wins the race—though being tardy enough to miss the avalanche helps. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Framing a distant cousin to "The Tortoise and the Hare" in loosely sketched watercolors and delicious dactyls, Graham and his brother-in-law present an aging but game Parisian who quixotically enters a bicycle race to the Côte d'Azur. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2004

"Sweet as pie."
The Fab Four become the common ground a father and young son need to light a fire under their relationship in this winning memoir from journalist/novelist Smith (A Good Family, 1996, etc.). 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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ZOO AH-CHOOOO by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Break out the earplugs, not the tissues, for this ah-choo-filled read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There's an outbreak at the zoo! (Of germs, that is.) Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A competent history of WMDs combined with a captivating account of books and films that predicted their discovery—and then got it all wrong."
This massive but lively history of 20th-century superweapons and the media that exploited them contains no identifiable Doctor Strangelove but plenty of interesting characters. Read full book review >

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A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

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DESSER, THE BEST CAT EVER by Maggie Smith
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This forthright, compassionate tale is a sweet, soothing balm for bereaved pet owners as well as any cat lover. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl reminisces about the life of her cat, Desser, chronicling how the frisky kitten was acquired—"a long, long time ago, when my daddy had big hair"—and how their friendship blossomed. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >