Search Results: "Rotraut Susanne Berner"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Graphic in more ways than one, these eight sketchy cartoon renditions include a view of Rapunzel and her prince in bed, a wicked princess running home bare and spotted from the gory vengeance of "Hans the Hedgehog," a stepmother and her daughter sitting around a table smoking and drinking while the stepdaughter toils in "Mother Holle" and like modernist touches. Read full book review >

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IN THE TOWN ALL YEAR ’ROUND by Rotraut Susanne Berner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Younger readers might find the loose structure and the complexity of information overwhelming, but older, minutiae-oriented children will be entertained for hours. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this modern Richard Scarry look-alike, readers observe a bustling town though four seasons. Read full book review >

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HOUND AND HARE by Rotraut Susanne Berner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"The happily-ever-after ending delivers a satisfying resolution to a story about tolerance that successfully uses humor and engaging artwork to avoid didacticism—a winner. (Early reader. 6-8)"
With In the Town All Year Round (2008), German author/illustrator Berner presented a Richard Scarry-like vision of town life, though populated by people rather than animals. Read full book review >

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ADDIS BERNER BEAR FORGETS by Joel Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Read full book review >

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THE CAVALIER OF THE APOCALYPSE by Susanne Alleyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 2009

"An intriguing prequel to Ravel's revolutionary adventures (A Treasury of Regret, 2007, etc.) with a nice twist in the denouement."
A murder in 1786 Paris turns a hack writer into a first-rate detective. Read full book review >

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A TREASURY OF REGRET by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2007

"Alleyn's historical authenticity—extending to a bibliography, glossary and other explanatory features—lifts her competent and conventional whodunit above the ordinary."
As the French Revolution comes to an end, a wealthy patriarch perishes along with it. Read full book review >

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A FAR BETTER REST by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2000

"Not all bad by any means, but Dickens's Tale remains the gold standard, and Alleyn's bold effort is little more than a pale imitation of it."
Canned history and muted histrionics are dutifully paraded in this earnest, overlong debut, which retells Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities from the viewpoint of the improbably heroic Sydney Carton. Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNE CATCHER by Susanne Pari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 1997

"The turns and twists can be more dizzying than riveting, but, still, an accomplished first novel about loving dangerously in dangerous times."
A plot-twisting debut about two lovers caught up in the Islamic Revolution of the '70s who defy torture, a monstrous grandmother, and a psychopathic spy. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDE OF THE WIND by Susanne Keegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A classy woman—even as an old fatty hooked on benedictine. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Steadily intelligent, musically aware, sympathetic but objective life of the wife and goddess of Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, novelist Franz Werfel, and a handful of geniuses who loved her unstintedly. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1991

"Well written and researched—though more about socioeconomic than intellectual Jewish gains. (Twelve illustrations—not seen.)"
An absorbing study of American Jews who first broke the ``color line'' at the humanities faculties of Ivy League colleges. Read full book review >

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IMPOSTER by Susanne Winnacker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers will probably recall the X-Men universe and wish these characters were as well-drawn. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
This attempt at a teen paranormal-thriller/romance novel is about as satisfying to fans of the genre as a cup of weak herbal tea would be to a thirsty vampire. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLIES by Susanne Gervay
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While vividly documenting the devastating aftereffects of severe burns, this effort never fully captures the protagonist's spirit, making for a frustrating, emotionally draining read. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
This Australian import powerfully depicts the lasting damage of third-degree burns. Read full book review >