Search Results: "Ross MacDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

STRANGERS IN TOWN by Ross MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2001

"For Macdonald completists only, but they'll cherish every word."
Macdonald, the dean of American hard-boiled writers at his death in 1983, once said that his short stories didn't "belong with my mature work." Read full book review >

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BAD BABY by Ross MacDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A new and very funny take on a perennially relevant subject. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jack, hero of Another Perfect Day (2002), is back, but something's missing. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER PERFECT DAY by Ross MacDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, children will roar at the droll swerves that fill this broad, hilarious episode. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Putting an even dizzier spin on familiar daily routines than Rod Clement did in his classic Just Another Ordinary Day (1997), New Yorker cartoonist MacDonald follows a mighty-thewed gent who energetically rises in the morning, shoots himself out of a circus cannon into a business suit, dives off a high platform into a tub of cereal, then roars off in a racing plane to his job as an ice cream taster. Read full book review >

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ACHOO! BANG! CRASH! by Ross MacDonald
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Endnote describes the process. (Picture book. 4+)"
Noise is a sure-fire theme in picture books and the cover alone will entice kids to this retro abecedarium akin to Brown's Noisy Book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRUMPY GRANDPA by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2009

"Suitable for home, classroom and therapeutic use. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This boy's grandpa never seems to be in a good mood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIT THE ROAD, JACK by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Appropriately for the audience, this charmer invokes the man's spirit rather than his biography, effectively communicating the excitement of the road he held so dear. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
What could have been straight nonfiction takes on a fanciful air when Jack Kerouac is rendered more jack rabbit than man. Read full book review >

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BYE-BYE, CRIB by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

"Toddlers and parents will see bits of themselves in this delightful look at an early rite of passage. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Baby Kitty, Red Blankie, Big Pillow and their owner, a big boy of a narrator, are reluctantly making the transition from a crib to a big-boy bed. Read full book review >

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7 ATE 9 by Tara Lazar
by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Counting has never been so mysterious or so much fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pun fun reigns over this fast-paced whodunit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL DESIRES KNOWN by Malcolm Ross Macdonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Talk-talk-talk and much of it bright and appealing—though, overall, the whole is a shade less lively than Macdonald's feisty- lady portraits (A Woman Alone, 1991, etc.) or the gossipy Hell Hath No Fury (1992)."
More gender face-offs in Macdonald's latest talkathon, again set in a middle-class Irish, socially buoyant society at the turn of the century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN GOTHIC by Susan Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to Wood's art. (author's note, sources, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
The story of Grant Wood and his iconic painting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOYS OF STEEL by Marc Tyler Nobleman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 22, 2008

"The battle for truth and justice is truly never-ending. (Picture-book biography. 7-10)"
Ask children where the Man of Steel comes from, and they may answer "Metropolis" or, if they're well read, "Krypton." Read full book review >