Search Results: "Russell Julian"


BOOK REVIEW

TEN PLAYFUL PENGUINS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Leave these penguins on the ice. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title implies, a counting book set at the zoo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOAT AND DONKEY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"A companion title, Goat and Donkey in Strawberry Sunglasses (ISBN: 978-1-56148-572-7) features Goat getting his shopping list muddled with a similarly charming effect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Best friends collaborate on a surprising vacation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLITTING THE HERD by Trudy Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Julian's illustrations are bright, with cattle faces as friendly and expressive as the humans' and the occasional playful background detail, and a good fit with Harris's bouncy rhyming text, which is packed with lessons that go down easy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neighboring ranchers Emma and Kirby use simple arithmetic to keep their cattle sorted out. Read full book review >

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POCKET'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The soft-focus illustrations are as syrupy as the self-congratulatory text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When his curiosity is piqued by the sight of a snow angel, a little rabbit traipses through the snowy countryside in search of the meaning of Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN LITTLE BLUEBIRDS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A cute and bright counting book that gets the job done. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Ten little bluebirds help young readers learn to count. 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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BOOK REVIEW

The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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THE GENTLEMAN BUG by Julian Hector
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2010

"The author relies a little too heavily on details in the pictures to fill out his sketchy text, but he artfully uses subdued colors, elegant lines and generous quantities of space to lend low-key grace to each scene. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hector follows up Little Matador (2008) with another simply told take on the value of staying true to oneself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARTEMIS by Julian Stockwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Likable Tom and his shipmates make a snug fit in that page-turning Forester & O'Brian tradition—thanks to retired Royal Navy author Stockwin."
Brisk action on the high seas as Thomas Kydd (Kydd, 2001) makes the second of what bids fair to be a series of profitable voyages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KYDD by Julian Stockwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"An engaging sea yarn with more verisimilitude, if less romance, than O'Brian readers expect."
Comparisons to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin saga are inevitable, but Stockwin's debut, the first in a planned naval series covering approximately the same era, focuses on the common seamen rather than on the officers. No musical duets in the captain's chambers here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARING AT THE SUN by Julian Barnes
Released: April 2, 1987

"Not truly a novel, then—nor satisfying as one—but added proof of Barnes' deft skill for artistic and intellectual cubism."
Barnes (Flaubert's Parrot) has used portraiture-at-three-ages before, in 1980's Metroland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALKING IT OVER by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"He neatens away its essences."
Barnes constructs a triangle here, then another one, upended—in this chamber cantata of voices about adultery. Read full book review >