Search Results: "Quentin Gréban"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An uneven, though worthwhile, addition to fairy-tale collections. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
Flemish watercolorist Gréban's queen may not be "the fairest of them all," but she steals center stage from his waifish Snow White—who is perhaps less beautiful than the (uncredited) translated text suggests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVEYKINS by Quentin Blake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Engaging with eccentricity is rarely a smooth road, which is why a pairing of quirky and endearing often rings hollow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIMPKIN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An entertaining portrait that's also an imaginative lesson in antonyms, presented with panache; once again, Blake's expressive, deftly scribbled drawings, enhanced with sparkling color, are a delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rambunctious boy enacts a series of opposites succinctly set in verse (``Simpkin WARM and Simkin CHILLY/Simkin SENSIBLE and SILLY/And sometimes when we stand and call/Simpkin JUST NOT THERE AT ALL'') and elaborated to hilarity in Blake's happy-go- lucky art—e.g., above, Simpkin's waiting sister abruptly changes the temperature of the shower he's enjoying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS OF NEPTUNE by Quentin Dodd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Dodd plays for nothing but laughs, and often gets them with a story that should appeal to plenty of young readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With a strong nod to Daniel Pinkwater, this feather-light sci-fi comedy features a high-school girl kidnapped by aliens for an intergalactic beauty contest on Neptune. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RESIDENT ALIEN by Quentin Crisp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"Admirers of the trademark Crisp style will be delighted, but it's difficult to fathom how he endures the relentless superficiality of much of his existence. (Author tour)"
Placidly whimsical observations by the ever-charming Crisp (Manners from Heaven, 1985, etc.) on his occasion-filled life as ``a free-loader, a dilettante, a butterfly on the wheel.'' Crisp writes reviews and essays, attends openings and parties, and entertains anyone who wishes to hear his opinions, from curious strangers to lecture-hall audiences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZAGAZOO by Quentin Blake
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This book is hilarious, and parents and children will be nodding in recognition as Zagazoo grows up and as his parents grow—happier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blake's take on the stages of childhood is entertainingly offbeat but right on target. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. ARMITAGE by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Excellent for read-alouds, and besides, it will remind you to pull out his Captain Najork stories once again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What could be more appealing than Mrs. Anastasia Armitage, sitting at table opposite her dog Breakspear of a morning, reading Uncle Cosmo's letter informing her that he's given her his old car. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. ARMITAGE AND THE BIG WAVE by Quentin Blake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The heroine's no-sweat attitude, along with Blake's humorous details, are the perfect combination for beach blanket fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Surf's up and Mrs. Armitage is ready to do the California slither, Bali swerve, and Waikiki flip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A thoughtful, expansive appraisal of what market values may or may not be worth in the great ends of—and real business of living in—latter-day America."
A scholar's bold and brilliant, albeit detached, effort to determine the degree to which Americans can achieve self- realization (or secular redemption) in a nation whose primary values are economic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JETLAG by Quentin Clewes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1995

"Complex, morose, and chilling."
Childhood lost, family and a world gone missing are the themes of this minutely detailed, infinitely tragic first-and-last novel by Italian translator Annapaola Cancogni (Clewes was her pen name), who lived for many years in the US before her death in 1993. Read full book review >