Search Results: "Ross Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

WILKIE COLLINS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A compact, pithy, and generous biography of a novelist who found great success despite writing in the age of Dickens, Eliot, and Trollope."
The latest installment in the author's Brief Lives series is dedicated to the popular British novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). Read full book review >

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MICHAEL COLLINS by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Despite minor shortcomings, this is the best life of Collins now available, published just in time to coincide with Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson in the lead role."
A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. Read full book review >

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GERMS by Ross Collins
by Ross Collins, illustrated by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2004

"The premise of a good-hearted chicken-pox germ that can choose to work against illness doesn't make sense and belies the implied science education, but well-designed pictures provide cartoony amusement for the snot-loving crowd. (fact file) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sweet, eagerly gross illustrations improve this tale that's unsure whether it wants to be partly educational or just goofy. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Silly, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A bear has settled himself in a mouse's chair, and nothing will move him. Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >

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ALVIE EATS SOUP by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the back cover says: 'Contains nutcases suitable for vegetarians'—and a surefire recipe for chuckles. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In stylish, quip-laden scenes, Collins (Fairy Nuff, p. 801, etc.) presents a picky eater extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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DOODLEDAY by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A nifty heir to Harold and the Purple Crayon. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mom departs for the store with emphatic instructions that Harvey mustn't draw because today is "Doodleday," but Harvey doesn't obey this baffling edict. Read full book review >

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DEAR VAMPA by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Patricia Polacco's The Graves Family (2003) would doubtless have made more resilient neighbors. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a letter to his Transylvanian grandfather young Bram Pire tallies complaints against his new next-door neighbors the Wolfsons: They stay up and make noise all day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARNEY ROSS by Douglas Century
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A strikingly researched work that's rich with perspective on Jews in America."
Moving biography of the 1930s boxer who fought his way out of a Jewish ghetto in Chicago to become a World Champion and a genuine World War II hero. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA JONES by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Would work especially well alongside a unit on Greek mythology. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fast-paced and funny middle-school drama about popularity and teasing with a mythological twist. Read full book review >

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THE YEARS WITH ROSS by James Thurber
Released: May 28, 1959

"Thurber's drawings will enhance this commemorative."
A biography, which is also a composite picture, of the mainspring of the New Yorker, presents Harold Wallace Ross during his 27 year marriage to that magazine, as the author, and many others, knew and remembered him. Read full book review >