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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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ZEPHIR'S HOLIDAYS by Jean de Brunhoff
Released: Sept. 7, 1937

"Familiar fairy tale pattern, with de Brunhoff's inimitable pictures."
It's monkeys this time, instead of elephants — and a gay adventure story in which a young monkey sets out to find the stolen princess of his tribe. Read full book review >

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BABAR THE KING by Jean de Brunhoff
Released: Jan. 1, 1935

"With materials he had sent back via safari after his trip out in the big world, Babar and the elephants build a model city, celebrate its founding with a big parade."
Reprint of Babar's adventures in his beautifully run world sees the building of his city Celesteville. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S LITTLE GIRL by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1987

"As another in a well-loved series, it's a welcome restatement of one of childhood's themes in a grand, familiar setting."
Babar and the serenely pastoral country around Celesteville are back, with a new daughter's early years and misdemeanors. Read full book review >