Search Results: "Phyllis Rose de Brunhoff"


BOOK REVIEW

BABAR'S CELESTEVILLE GAMES by Phyllis Rose de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Modernized only minimally (texting!), the book's appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage. (Picture book. 4-6)"
From a franchise as sturdy as an elephant's memory comes explicit international goodwill. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 19, 1970

"Otherwise it commends itself chiefly by its existence."
The surprise is to be a statue of Babar carved in a side of the mountain, and the story revolves — monotonously — around keeping it a surprise. Read full book review >

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BABAR AND THE NEW BABY by Laurent de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A starter set for grown-up Babar fans who want to introduce the classic characters to their children. (Board book. 2-4)"
A simplified and condensed version of Babar's Little Girl (1987), starring Princess Isabelle. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF READING PROUST by Phyllis Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1997

"Perhaps the best part of the book is its opening chapter, in which Rose, having overcome her own inability to penetrate Proust, explains richly how one can do so, and why it is worthwhile."
Proust is less the subject of Rose's pleasurable, rambling memoir than its guiding spirit, whose wisdom and worldview Rose invokes as she reviews the travails and satisfactions of a year in her life. Read full book review >

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NEVER SAY GOODBYE by Phyllis Rose
Released: Feb. 21, 1990

Brief and, on the whole, forgettable meditations on the balance of power in relationships, the importance of self-esteem, the art of letting go, etc.—placed in New York, French, and New England settings—by an essayist and biographer who's been significantly more entertaining in the past (Jazz Cleopatra, 1989; Writing of Women, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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BABAR ON PARADISE ISLAND by Laurent de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Familiarity here breeds contentment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Shipwrecked pachyderms find many pleasures and surprises on a tropical island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHELF by Phyllis Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Chatty, enthusiastic and at times rambling, Rose is a welcoming guide on her latest journey of literary discovery."
A year of reading randomly. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1957

Our ponderous pachyderm friends of Celesteville, King Babar and Queen Celeste, are visited by the Old Lady and her brother Professor Grifaton — a typical butterfly collector, with his two children Colin and Nadine. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BATTLE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pleasantly predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Echoing recent political change and prescribing more peaceable strategies, Brunhoff adds still another episode to the annals of the popular elephant king. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1952

"Cornelius and the rest watch ostrich races, visit bird homes, catch a wicked fish, feast, and invite the birds to visit them."
As far as we're concerned Babar's welcome anywhere. Read full book review >

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A. B. C. OF BABAR by Jean de Brunhoff
Released: Aug. 21, 1936

"It is to be played in French or English."
There is a "Babar fan" market for this, plus a market for game books of a sort. Read full book review >

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SERAFINA THE GIRAFFE by Laurent de Brunhoff
Released: Feb. 20, 1961

"Lady Rhinoceros comes to the rescue however, when after the animal children's dismal cake baking failure, she appears with a store bought cake for Grandmother."
As Serafina prepares for her Grandmother's birthday party, she and her friends are distracted by several unfortunate mishaps. Read full book review >