Search Results: "Sandra Lansky"


BOOK REVIEW

DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Sandra Lansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For a more mature and nuanced look at the life of Meyer Lansky and his family, look elsewhere. A good place to start: Robert Lacey's Little Man (1991)."
A biography of a true Mafia princess that leaves a lot to the imagination, despite assistance from veteran Hollywood chronicler Stadiem (Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GILDED RAZOR by Sam Lansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A candid, eye-opening memoir of illicit drugs and sex—though, for some readers, it may prove too intimate and too full of semigraphic descriptions of the sex, drugs, and misery he suffered through before finally quitting before he was 20."
Time editor Lansky delivers a gut-wrenching exposé of his adolescence, a period filled with a steady diet of drugs, prescription and street, and one-night stands with older men. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A rollicking ride in company with a man who has performed an enormously important public service."
Engaging first-person account of how some committed young people rescued from history's dustbin more than a million books published in Yiddish. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE INVITED TO BRUCE LANSKY'S POETRY PARTY! by Bruce Lansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Exactly how he fits into the picture isn't quite clear. (index) (Poetry. 9-11)"
This illustrated collection of five dozen short verses—on family, pets, school, disasters, advice—reveals a ham-fisted approach to rhyming, with odes to belching, the fried monkey meat, flatulence, barfing, and dogs peeing in the garden. Read full book review >

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TICKLE TIME! by Sandra Boynton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2012

"Sure to prompt little fingers into joyful action. (Board book. 1-3)"
A favorite baby-and-toddler activity receives an upbeat celebration that will get those fingers going. Watch out! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 9, 2007

"Teachers in the upper-elementary grades will want to enlist Miss Perfect's help in their letter-writing lessons, and parents and grandparents who would like to encourage proper behavior from their own little beasts will find Miss Perfect's approach commendable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
An articulate bird named Miss Perfect serves as the advice columnist for the Beastly News in this witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information about manners and letter-writing conventions. Read full book review >

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GROWING UP WILD: PENGUINS by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though the text is considerably franker than most, this is patchy, uninspired work, not up to Markle's usual excellent standard. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The author of the popular "Outside and Inside" series sticks to outsides in this photo album for younger readers—but the verbal and visual messages are definitely at odds. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE AND INSIDE GIANT SQUID by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fascinating. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
As long as a city bus, with eyes as large as volleyballs, the giant squid is a thing of nightmares. Read full book review >

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PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS by Sandra Boynton
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Ex-toddlers and their parents alike will happily cut the rug along with the title song's Pennsylvanian pullets. (Picture book. 3+)"
Once again, Boynton goes Broadway: " . . . having completely forgotten how much work had been involved," the creators of Rhinoceros Tap (1996) offer a second, equally effervescent musical revue, packaged as a hardcover book/CD combination. Read full book review >

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I'M WILD ABOUT YOU! by Sandra Magsamen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"These cutesy board books come across as just more saccharine fluff. (Board book. 1-3)"
Sweet exclamations of unconditional love and admiration are the order of the day here. Read full book review >