Search Results: "Richard Hull"


BOOK REVIEW

SAD UNDERWEAR AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS by Judith Viorst
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"With b&w page decorations. (index) (Poetry. 7+)"
Viorst has long been known for the kind of verse that reaches even those who never read poetry. Read full book review >

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MY SISTER'S RUSTY BIKE by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A quirky and wonderful journey. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Aylesworth (Wake Up, Little Children, p. 856, etc.) has again teamed up with Hull (his collaborator on The Cat and The Fiddle and More, 1992, etc.) for a wild ride through the country: ``I once rode around America/On my sister's rusty bike./I found some crazy places and/Some folks I think you'll like.'' A visit to Massachusetts yields cats with purple fur, West Virginia features pink pet sheep, Indiana has blue-spotted cows, and Oklahoma has a horse who loves TV. Read full book review >

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THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE AND MORE by Jim Aylesworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Good fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beginning with the familiar rhyme, Aylesworth adds a dozen or so similar verses, all equally silly: ``Hey gravy gravy!/The ram joined the navy,/The skunk sprayed French perfume;/The little hen laughed/To see such sport,/And the mop ran away with the broom.'' None has the mystery or simplicity of the original, but kids will enjoy chuckling over them and will want to make up their own—an activity that'll lure them into examining the verse's form and logic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A handsome puzzle book that also enhances appreciation for our quirky mother tongue. (Picture book. 9-12)"
The well-known humorist uses a reverse alphabet to explore, and rail about, the idiosyncracies of English (``Y is for YEW and for YOU,/But it isn't for USING''), touching on the vagaries of homonyms and spelling, slipping in rhymes after teasing the ear by seeming to withhold them, and engaging in other wordplay (``J is for JEWEL but not GEM./It cannot be for GENIUS,/But can be for JERK''). Read full book review >

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LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S FAIRY POEMS by Laura Ingalls Wilder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A sweet confection for fans of fairies or the author. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A slim, pretty volume containing five poems composed by Wilder in 1915 for a newspaper column; a protestation that fairies do indeed exist written in the following year; and a new introduction by Hines (I Remember Laura, 1994, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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MUMMIES, DINOSAURS, MOON ROCKS by James Jespersen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like a good detective story, the book will hook even casual readers, who will be subsequently enthralled. (b&w photos, diagrams, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Subtitling their work ``How We Know How Old Things Are,'' the authors write with enthusiasm and include up-to-date information about ``many ways of finding the age of objects ranging from the relatively young—like pottery and old musical instruments—to fossils and the earth itself.'' Each method is put in the context of current and evolving scientific puzzles that will appeal to young readers: Methods include Carbon 14 dating, thermoluminescence, potassium-argon dating, dendrochronology, analysis of DNA, etc. Examples are wide ranging and intriguing, e.g., where did Columbus land that Christmas of 1492 and establish La Navidad? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIFTY YEARS A COUNTRY DOCTOR by Hull Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Most readers will only marvel at such a gift."
Lively tales from the rural medical beat, Texas to Nebraska, from the 1940s on. Read full book review >

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ON ROUGH SEAS by Nancy L. Hull
FICTION
Released: April 21, 2008

"Believable characters, a tight plot and a wealth of historical detail neatly woven into the text make this a must for the many young readers interested in World War II. (Fiction. 10+)"
Hitler has already invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, and France and England may be next. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEETHEART DEAL by Linda Joffe Hull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2015

"Hull's third Frugalicious entry does for shopping what Joanne Fluke does for pastry, making sure the busy reader doesn't have to choose between a mystery, a wedding planning manual, and a guide to timeshare investments by putting everything into one volume."
Maddie Michaels, reality TV's Mrs. Frugalicious (Eternally 21, 2013, etc.), takes her show south of the border to teach America how to plan a destination wedding, complete with corpse.Read full book review >

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Building A Timeless House in an Instant Age by Brent Hull
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A pleasing, educational look at traditional home construction."
Hull (Traditional American Rooms, 2003) celebrates the lost art of thoughtful home construction.Read full book review >