Search Results: "Ron Barrett"


BOOK REVIEW

CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Despite light touches, the cavalier abandonment of the cats, the satiric spoofing of the cats' ambitions and their naïve satisfaction with their 'success' create a disappointingly mean-spirited tone overall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three stray cats, formerly pets, try to strike it big in showbiz. Read full book review >

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CATS GET FAMOUS by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are plenty of pussycat picture books to pick from; let this one stray. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Some Cats Got Talent (2014); those that do return to "get famous."Read full book review >

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AN EXCESSIVE ALPHABET by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Young puzzle fans will find that this teases their perceptions and taunts their imaginations. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this alphabet book, letter identification is combined with a seek-and-find game. Read full book review >

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THE MARSHMALLOW INCIDENT by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The overlong text never really gets past its vaguely Monty Python-esque premise, making it an insufficiently daffy, one-joke Lesson in Cooperation rather than the full-on goof-fest that made the Barretts' earlier book such a favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timed to coincide with the release of the film of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this unrelated tale from the Barretts is a wan fable about Getting Along, enlivened with a little pale silliness. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS COOKBOOK by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Keep handy for that gloomy day when a 'Spaghetti Twister with a Tomato Tornado' might blow in or as an amusing how-to title to help children discover the possible satisfying results that can come when following directions. (Cookbook. 5-8)"
Old and new fans of the classic tale of food delivered three times a day by the weather can tie on an apron, sharpen their culinary skills and dig in to 25 recipes inspired by the beloved book. Read full book review >

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PICKLES TO PITTSBURGH by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It takes over the story, leaving it without any momentum of its own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the creators of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978) comes another bizarre food tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"Illuminating, if sometimes a chore to read, and a welcome aid to understanding the evolution of Paul's offbeat ideas."
A breezy and generally admiring though not hagiographic look at the quixotic fixture at the far-right extreme of the last couple of presidential elections. Read full book review >

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HOW ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING SAVED MY LIFE by Mameve Medwed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"A sitcom with heart, and a whole lot of fun."
A wimp travels the rocky road to empowerment in the Massachusetts author's fourth novel. Read full book review >

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SUPERHERO JOE AND THE CREATURE NEXT DOOR by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"For anyone who has an interior superhero. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe marshals superhero skills and gadgets inspired by his comic books to combat the titular creature next door. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RON BROWN by Tracey L. Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 1998

"There is no pretense that the agenda here is anything other than paying tribute, and given this candor, the book has an innocent quality that is charmingly sweet as well as irritatingly naive. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Heart-warming rather than hard-hitting, this loving biography is by a self-proclaimed ``daddy's girl.'' Writing in the first person, the author refers to the late secretary of commerce as ``Dad'' throughout, and the volume is more family history than chronicle of a public servant's career. Read full book review >