Search Results: "Ruth Heller"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KOREAN CINDERELLA by Shirley Climo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1993

"Her facial expressions are less expertly crafted than her realistic animals, sculptural draperies, and decorative traditional motifs, while the mix of styles leads to some cluttered effects; still, an attractive setting for a worthy variant. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
A retelling based on three of the ``half a dozen'' Korean Cinderella variants: ``Pear Blossom's'' stepmother calls her ``Little Pig,'' barely feeds her, and assigns her impossible tasks (filling a cracked jug), but the girl is helped by magical animals (a giant ox that weeds a rice paddy for her). Read full book review >

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KING SOLOMON AND THE BEE by Dalia Hardof Renberg
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 30, 1994

"Renberg's simplified retelling is straightforward and lively, a good match for Heller's almost raucously colorful illustrations: Her statuesque, classically draped figures, set amid a riot of blossoms in the opulently appointed palace, are the stuff of legend. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
After King Solomon forgives a bee for stinging him, it returns the favor by identifying the one real flower among a roomful of artificial ones—one of the riddles set the great king by the queen of Sheba. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP, UP AND AWAY by Ruth Heller
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Just right to lighten up the lesson, even at the high-school level; Heller's admonitions are not only more fun but often clearer than more earnest explanations. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 9+)"
Continuing her unique series on parts of speech (Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs, 1988), Heller tackles one of the most difficult with her usual panache, coupling a deftly rhymed text with gloriously bold, colorful illustrations (``Some ADVERBS end in WARD, and others...in WISE... Read full book review >

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MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ruth Heller
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

Earlier, Heller has applied her unique flamboyant approach to verbs and adjectives; here, nouns are the subject of her deft, witty verse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2005

"Despite a few areas that may confuse younger readers, this handsome volume will prove a solid entrée to the world of language and reference."
An attractive dictionary aimed at children ages five through seven with plenty of drawings and large type. Read full book review >

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SOME NERVE by Jane Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"A breezy, if implausible, love story."
Hollywood celebrity journalist loses her job but finds herself when she returns to her hometown and becomes a hospital volunteer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1995

"If the author's cursory, anecdotal reportage were weighed against the demanding standards by which he purports to evaluate commercial concerns, it would be deemed a very bad business."
Another mÇlange of bromidic management pointers from the prolific British author of The Super Chiefs (1992), etc. In presuming to counsel corporate executives on what it will take to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Heller covers much the same ground as he did in his previous book. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Biting, giggle-provoking satire—though no doubt more shocking on its own turf."
A bestseller in Germany, this sharp-witted first novel features a young, female Berlin film student and her complex entanglements with feminism, radical political theory, and love—an up-to-date comedy of manners with a European twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Unbelievable yet compelling: it's almost as if Heller tried for a salacious potboiler and ended up—her talent refusing not to intrude—with a portrait that remains indelible. Watch for her next, whatever it may be."
After Everything You Know (2000) comes the tale of a London art teacher, married with children, who has an affair with a student of 15. Read full book review >

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PICTURE THIS  by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1988

"Just terrible—and even a little boorish."
You could say, being charitable, that Heller has now firmly moved his work in a new direction: postmodernist, syncretic, contrapuntal. Read full book review >