Search Results: "Ronald Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

COMPANY FARE by Ronald Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"In an age of gastronomic aftershock, if not exhaustion, that's probably enough for most home cooks."
Johnson's very personal Simple Fare (1989) was a sort of sophisticated take on humble, if not retro, fare. Read full book review >

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GOING UNDERGROUND
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor

Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London

Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?

 

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

The first time I saw the new ...


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ALL THE WHILE THE SLIME WAS UNDER THE BUILDING
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)  by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: A For Effort
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist
Bonus Factors: Ghosts, London, Creepy Old Insane Asylum
Relationship Status: Rebound


 

Cover Story: A For Effort

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BOOK REVIEW

AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL ON THE YELLOW GIRAFFE by Ronald Himler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Paul Fleischman's Sidewalk Circus (p. 221), which is a livelier take, while the quiet tone and assurance of a jeans-clad mom at the girl's side makes this suitable for younger children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This reissue of a 1976 title has new, soft watercolor illustrations that match the understated tale as city scenes become a fairy tale venue from a young girl's view astride her four-wheeled wooden giraffe scooter. Read full book review >

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SIX IS SO MUCH LESS THAN SEVEN by Ronald Himler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Those of any age recovering from the loss of a pet will welcome this soothing story that allows for a time to grieve, without urging the bereaved to cheer up or move on too quickly. (Picture book. 4+)"
A touching tribute to pets and how they enrich our lives is gently illustrated in Himler's (A Thanksgiving Turkey, 2001, etc.) trademark soft watercolors. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGENDARY THREE by Ronald Yates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"Unlikely to rally crusaders in the fight against global warming but an intriguing tale for vampire enthusiasts."
Feuding legions of vampires look for a way to defeat mysterious, powerful beings that live in the forests in Yates' supernatural thriller, the second in a proposed trilogy (Music of the Winds, 2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Although Kessler tries to be nonjudgmental, the weight of accumulated anecdote paints a picture of narcissism and decadence that is both pitiable and unsettling. (16 pages photos)"
Money matters in this high-society resort, according to bestselling author Kessler; so do pedigree, the right wardrobe, the right restaurant—and bigotry and misogyny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POACHERS by Ronald Weber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers not equally enamored of the niceties of fly fishing, however, may wonder if the cleverness justifies a whole novel."
Charlie Orr's been camping at the Rainbow Rapids campground since before the State of Michigan took it over and installed retirees Burt and Billie Berry (who calls Charlie simply "Tent Man") as host and hostess. Read full book review >