Search Results: "Ronald Searle"


BOOK REVIEW

SLIGHTLY FOXED--BUT STILL DESIRABLE by Ronald Searle
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

Satirical artist, cartoonist, and wit Searle is also, alas for him, a bibliophile. Read full book review >

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BEAST FRIENDS FOREVER! by Robert L.  Forbes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"Unfortunately, the extended poems are too few and far between, though Searles' artwork (he died in 2011) saves the book's bacon. (Poetry. 10-12)"
Forbes tenders a curiously wayward collection of animal love poetry. Read full book review >

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LET'S HAVE A BITE! by Robert L.  Forbes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The quality of the verse is uneven, but there are several excellent selections in this generous compendium. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-three poems about antic animals, matched with equally madcap illustrations. 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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A FOUR-SIDED BED by Elizabeth Searle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A bright, distinctive, haunting debut."
A powerful, unsettling first novel from Searle, author of the story collection My Body to You (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Readers who found Jen Bryant's novel-in-poems The Trial (2004) (which is built around another notorious American trial but shares many of the same themes and plot points) superficial will be pleased by the depth of character and ideas here. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Drawing incidents, dialogue and all but a few minor members of the cast from the historical record, Kidd views the Scopes trial through the eyes of a teenaged local—weaving in a thoughtful coming-of-age tale in the process. Read full book review >

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HENDERSON’S SPEAR by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Despite quite a few plots unfolding at the same time, the author manages to keep all his balls in the air at once and never lets the pace lag. Well done indeed."
A grand family saga, played out over several centuries, continents, and oceans, from novelist and nature writer Wright (A Scientific Romance, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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RIVERWATCHER by Ronald Weber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 2013

"Quirky, literate dialogue adorns a civilized entertainment in which very little actually happens."
The shooting of an inoffensive camper in Michigan's Upper Peninsula brings a third case to Mercy Virdon, of the Division of Natural Resources, and her swain, sometime journalist Donal Fitzgerald (The Aluminum Hatch, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Though exploring some subjects only superficially in his account, derived largely from secondary sources, and devoting a third of his text to the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, Schaffer still offers an illuminating overview of the impact of WW I on the US."
If WW I was the most decisive event of the 20th century for Europe, its impact on the US was considerably less, but Schaffer (History/California State at Northridge) shows that the war both presaged and contributed to the rise of federal power in the 1930's. Read full book review >