Search Results: "Richard Lederer"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURES OF A VERBIVORE by Richard Lederer
Released: March 1, 1994

"For anyone who savors language, enjoys puzzles and word games, is frustrated with learning vocabulary and grammar—or is in danger of forgetting the joy or just the simple fun of language."
A verbivore, according to this well-known author of fanciful and brainy books on language (Crazy English, Play of Words, etc.), makes a daily diet of words, taking delight in analyzing, tracing, defining, collecting, and playing with language. Read full book review >

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THE MIRACLE OF LANGUAGE by Richard Lederer
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Lederer's legion of fans."
New England schoolmaster, columnist, and bestselling author Lederer (Crazy English, 1989) offers an enthusiastic new assemblage in tribute to language generally and the English kind in particular. Read full book review >

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POKER FACE by Katy Lederer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Compact and well-executed."
Elliptical memoir depicting a girlhood of deception and gradually receding naïveté. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN DREYDL by Ellen Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"The illustrations are beautiful, though—richly-detailed, cheeky and charming—and they help compensate for the missing magic in the text. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's the winter holiday season and Sara, who longs for strings of twinkling lights and a glittery Christmas tree, is jealous of her Christian friends' traditions. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >

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A BASEBALL STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"An innocent, sweet and charming introduction to the national pastime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coach Mike says that baseball players always need to be ready, and Jordan is all set for the first game of the season. Read full book review >

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THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A toothy, toothsome tale—if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF SILK by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A pleasingly engaging look at the subject. (silk facts, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Crisp, bright photographs and a simple, personal narrative create a remarkably informative look at the process of silk production in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Part of Sobol's Traveling Photographer series, this useful introduction to a famous tourist destination has unexpected child appeal. (facts, glossary, unlabeled world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11) "
A photographer explores the ancient Cambodian temple and modern Siem Reap looking for odd angles, surprises and reflections of today's world in the ancient carvings. Read full book review >

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LUCKY 13 by Richard Hilliard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The fact-packed book makes up in clarity what it lacks in flair. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
The story of Apollo 13 and its three heroic astronauts receives sturdy treatment in this new picture book that centers on the story of astronaut Jim Lovell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HOCKEY STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A welcome, salutary message all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Joey has a case of the belly butterflies on his first morning with his new hockey team. Read full book review >