Search Results: "Richard Zoglin"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Not especially funny, given its subject, and Zoglin more often asserts comic genius than demonstrates it with a choice line. 'If you get a laugh, you're golden,' the author rightly observes. This one goes for the bronze."
Middling account of the standup-comedy renaissance of a generation past, which made stars of Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and many others. Read full book review >

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HOPE by Richard Zoglin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer."
A contributing editor and theater critic for Time weighs in with what will immediately become the definitive biography of the legendary comedian, born Leslie Townes Hope (1903-2003). Read full book review >

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MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF RICE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Using rice as a lens, this book delivers an engaging snapshot of Thailand and its people. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Many rice farmers all over Thailand still plant and harvest by hand, with the help of family members and such animals as water buffalo and elephants. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First in a planned Traveling Photographer series, this will delight armchair explorers and animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wildlife photographer Sobol treks into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to photograph critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 2004

"Quite delightful. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
"Were the saints bonkers?" asks Brassey in this irreverent foray into the lives of 17 of the oldest saints in the Christian canon. Read full book review >

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GODSPEED, JOHN GLENN by Richard Hilliard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A way to show very young readers an astronaut story, but Sally Ride's To Space and Back (1986) is much more engaging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Hilliard's biography of John Glenn focuses on his first orbit of the earth in 1962 in Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule, but does briefly mention his early life and history. Read full book review >

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CLATTER BASH! by Richard Keep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"There are more appealing and authentic Day of the Dead books for this age group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With its mix of English and Spanish ("Knock-knock! Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1991

A hard-edged look at prison through the eyes of the Lifers' Group, men serving life sentences at the East Jersey State Prison who have dedicated themselves to reaching troubled teenagers. Read full book review >

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TOAD HAS TALENT by Richard Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A well-meaning book is dragged down by its sad-sack hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ah, talent shows. Dancing, acrobatics, contortion—the sky's the limit. Just add a frozen pond on a moonlit winter's night, and there are the makings of an extravaganza extraordinaire. Read full book review >