Search Results: "Richard Holland"


BOOK REVIEW

MARY’S PENNY by Tanya Landman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"A sweet, artistic fable in the brains-over-brawn genre. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A grown-up girl ingeniously solves a puzzle, winning something she deserves. Read full book review >

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HAPPY HARRY'S CAFÉ by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Slim plot, weak humor and lackluster appeal will leave preschoolers asking for more substantial fare. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The picture-book crowd will most likely find this thin story bland and unsatisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"The random assortment of facts may spark a mild interest in the topic, but it all reads like a middlebrow magazine article and is certainly no substitute for the more conscientious likes of Bruce Koscielniak's About Time (2004) or Joan Dash's Longitude Prize (2000). (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Taking an amiable ramble through the story of how we have created measures for time, Jenkins steps out with random notes on animal migration and other signs of biological clocks, saunters past the invention of weeks, months, hours, minutes and mechanical clocks and fetches up at last with a brush past relativistic effects. Read full book review >

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APPRECIATIONS
by Gregory McNamee

“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL TAILS by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"A de-tail-ed look at an important adaptation across species. (Informational picture book 4-8)"
A fascinating up-close look at the many uses animals have for their tails. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The sense of wonder that infuses each simply worded chapter is contagious, and some of the photos are soooo cuuuuute. (animal and word lists) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The author of an adult book about uncommon animal attachments invites emergent readers to share the warm (Unlikely Friendships, 2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 20, 2008

"Less engaging than Rick Atkinson's The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (2007), but still of much value to WWII buffs and generalists."
A comprehensive, anecdotal survey of the Italian campaign, with the sweep and cast of characters of a Darryl F. Zanuck epic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEVIL IN BELLMINSTER by David Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2002

"The progressive revelation of Tuckworth's depths, together with a sympathetic feeling for the tensions of small-town life, compensate for the inevitable serial-killer clichés: an impressive debut."
Holland's first novel begins as unassumingly as its modest protagonist, Mr. Tuckworth, Vicar of 1830s Bellminster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN ALL THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Barbara Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"With not much about sex but a lot about gender, here's an acute narrative of how the clever Holland came to be so writerly."
Essayist and incidental feminist Holland (They Went Whistling, 2001, etc.) turns septuagenarian and, perforce, autobiographical, recounting the story of her first 18 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 31, 1995

"And that's not bad at all. (line drawings)"
Holland (One's Company, 1992, etc.) presents a collection of exemplary little essays in praise of a lot of her favorite things. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL AND THE SWORD by Cecelia Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"A rousing good read, nevertheless, and a welcome addition to a quite considerable (and really rather underrated) body of work."
The legend of Roderick the Beardless—the ninth-century hero who was in fact a heroine—is given fictional form in Holland's lively and entertaining 23rd novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Heroic polar firsts are a thing of the past, but going over these attempts still makes for an absorbing evening. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A trim, at times hypnotic, history of polar exploration. Read full book review >