Search Results: "Russell Blake"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EYE OF HEAVEN by Clive Cussler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An inane but inoffensive potboiler, to be quickly and pleasantly consumed and forgotten."
The Fargos are back, again going far. Read full book review >

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THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Cussler and Company continue the winning formula, and this jungle episode, featuring exotic locales and an interesting back story, will satisfy the cravings of every fan."
"There was no such thing as an honest fortune," Sam and Remi Fargo are reminded as they undertake another treasure-hunting adventure in Cussler's (The Eye of Heaven, 2014, etc.) latest. Read full book review >

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ROSIE'S MAGIC HORSE by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"It's an exuberant reminder to dream big, although, sadly, Hoban's text has been Americanized, losing some of its flavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl finds a discarded ice-pop stick, triggering a surprising adventure in this rib-tickling fantasy. Read full book review >

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A NEAR THING FOR CAPTAIN NAJORK by Quentin Blake
Released: April 16, 1976

"Runner-up."
Only Hoban could carry off a chase between Tom and Aunt Bundlejoy Cosysweet in a jam-powered frog and Captain Najork and his hired sportsmen in their pedal-powered snake. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD IS MAKING YOUR FAVORITE FANTASY BOOKS INTO TV SHOWS AND MOVIES
by John DeNardo

Although most diehard readers prefer books over movies, they greet news of TV and film adaptations of the books they love with some amount of trepidation. That's an understandably cautious reaction; Hollywood has butchered more than a few adaptations. But there is also lots to be hopeful about. You get to re-experience the story you loved and others will ...


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7 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

You've seen 7 Fantasy Novels Heading to Film and TV. Now let's take a look at the science fiction books coming your way…

 

Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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Released: Oct. 17, 1974

"And so in the end Captain Najork gets Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong and Tom gets the captain's boat and a new aunt, Bundlejoy Cosysweet, and everyone's happy — including, inevitably, the reader (or better still listener), who might not realize the wisdom but is sure to enjoy the games, their outcome, and Hoban's cadenced, light-as-air sportscasting."
Tom liked to fool around. . . . Read full book review >

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A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

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COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

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ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

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FOUR NEW SPORTY MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
by Leila Roy

While I’m not particularly up on real-life sports, well, EVER—I vaguely track various seasons by what uniforms my younger patrons are wearing, and that’s about it—reading fiction that’s centered around sports is a whole different ballgame.

*pauses for groans to subside*

So. Here are a few new and upcoming middle grade sports novels—one that I’ve read, and three more that ...


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THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will recognize, if not themselves, fellow students like Max who lose their bearings while trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Max Caldwell is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and in his account of his last year in high school, his voice sounds appropriately like a journalist. Read full book review >