Search Results: "Séverine Vidal"


BOOK REVIEW

MEGA MOUSE by Séverine  Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"Check that tongue is firmly in cheek before following these dedicated do-gooders into battle against a truly 'repellant' foe. (map) (Picture book. 5-7)"
A diminutive costumed superhero and friends defend the town of MegaCityVille from the thoroughly irritating Mosquito Man in this French import, one of a quartet. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2012

"An outstanding, seamless combination of evocative art, poetic writing and ingeniously designed digital enhancements that mature audiences in particular (but not exclusively) will find profoundly moving. (thumbnail index) (iPad picture-book app. 8-10, adult)"
A centenarian who has just lost everything—nearly everything—reflects on his childhood and his chief regret in a poignant but wonder-filled memoir. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"The most memorable illustrations are the panoramic spreads of the garden, the constellations, and the Wise Men flying through the starry sky or standing outside the children's bedroom window to tuck the toys into their shoes left out on the windowsill. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the first story that she has both written and illustrated, Vidal makes use of holiday traditions and legends from her childhood in Argentina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DAY AT SCHOOL by Séverine Cordier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"While this may illustrate a typical family day, there are lots of blanks that readers (and listeners) will have to fill in for themselves…maybe too many. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This French import is a confusing miss for youngsters looking for reassurance on their first days of school. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Gore Vidal
Released: March 26, 1981

"Lots of jauntily fictionalized fact, legend, geography, and exotic cultural sociology, then—but only those with a great knowledge of (or appetite for) this theo-historical territory will want to ride along the whole length of Cyrus' journey."
What, if anything, is Gore Vidal up to in this long, stylish, densely busy but totally undramatic novel of the Persian Empire, circa 520-445 B.C.? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Though Vidal's memories from encounters in DC, New York, Hollywood and elsewhere remain intact, the wit that animates the best of his oeuvre is largely absent, leaving a voice at best affecting and at worst hectoring."
In this successor to the first volume of his memoir, Palimpsest (1995), prolific novelist/essayist/gadfly Vidal mixes mournful minor keys among his usual trumpet blasts against what he regards as an American emporium run by oil men and religious fanatics. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AGE by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A beguiling conclusion to an invaluable extended work. If Vidal's novels were used as texts, we'd all be American History majors."
Though its narrative temperature remains dangerously low, entertainment value is dependably high in this seventh and last of Vidal's delectable Novels of Empire. Read full book review >

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VIDAL by Vidal Sassoon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2011

"A well-rounded, enterprising life's journey, expressed with grace and humility."
A richly nuanced blend of memoir and personal opinion by a name synonymous with hairstyling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

McLIBEL by John Vidal
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"If the case itself hasn't already given Ronald McDonald indigestion, this book might. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A lively account of the food fight that became the longest trial in British history. Read full book review >

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DREAMING WAR by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure for those convinced of the present ruling elite's deep-seated flaws and deeper evils, and tasty food for thought even for the doubtful."
Another deliciously ill-tempered screed from veteran gadfly Vidal (Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, p. 398, etc.), perhaps our fiercest homegrown critic of American imperialism in general and the current administration in particular. Read full book review >

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A DAY AT THE FARM by Séverine Cordier
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"This farm book doesn't make it to the top of the haystack. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Three cute Caucasian kids pull on their brightly colored rain boots and head to the car for a trip to the farm with Mom and Dad. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Challenging as ever, Vidal quotes Justice Brandeis: 'If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for laws; it invites every man to become a law unto himself.'"
In a piquant collection (originally published in Italy), Vidal (The Last Empire, 2001, etc.) asks readers to consider the forces that motivated Timothy McVeigh and Osama bin Laden—and perhaps it wouldn't hurt to heed the beating the Bill of Rights has been taking recently. Read full book review >