Search Results: "Seymour Topping"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PEKING LETTER by Seymour Topping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, Topping's obvious fascination with China and his ability to propel a complex plot make for an absorbing, if somber, thriller."
A vivid portrait of the last days of the corrupt Nationalist regime in China, by a former reporter clearly familiar with the terrain. Read full book review >

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GET DRESSED! by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A clever, dapper package. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A fashion lookbook for the preschool set—including a soup pot and a skirt made of envelopes? Read full book review >

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HAD GADYA by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Backmatter includes the musical score and the original Aramaic version with suggestions for dramatic acting, as well as a good explanation by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld on the history and symbolic meaning of the song. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Had Gadya" or "One Little Goat" traditionally brings the annual Passover Seder to a close as families jubilantly sing each portion over and over again. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR DOLITTLE by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Whether this meets a real need is debatable, but the format has its appeal for children still working on reading skills. (Graphic classic. 7-10)"
Following successful graphic adaptations of Canterbury Tales (2011) and The Odyssey (2012), Chwast ups the ante with Hugh Lofting's more challenging classic. Good luck.Read full book review >

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THE MIRACLE OF HANUKKAH by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Additional fare for the holiday shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Earthy, muted watercolor drawings with blue outlined cartoon-styled characters show the Hanukkah story, from the looting and destruction of the Temple to the Maccabees' victory to the eight day miraculous burning of one day's supply of oil to the prime significance of the word "Hanukkah." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALPHABET PARADE by Seymour Chwast
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Crisp, clean design, amusing detail. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A cheerfully inventive array of characters march across the airy white space of this generously sized, square book, observed by a continuous row of spectators who also contribute to the fun and to the letter connections— which are listed at the end (as few as four for ``Xx,'' 35 for ``Ss''). Read full book review >

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MR. MERLIN AND THE TURTLE by Seymour Chwast
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The humor is never pushy and always on target. (Picture book. 4+)"
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin are bored with their pet turtle, so Mr. Merlin turns it into a bird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEYMOUR SIMON'S EXTREME EARTH RECORDS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A dozen earthly gems, buffed high by Simon. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Simon adds another to his mammoth body of swinging, smart science books for kids. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EYES AND EARS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Not bad overall, but not as good as it could be, and there's a wealth of material recently published on these topics. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Distilling complicated scientific information to primary-grade level is never easy, and Simon (Amazing Aircraft, not reviewed, etc.), widely known for his work on a broad range of topics, makes some unfortunate errors in this account of how we hear and see. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

Readers won't find this neighbor strange; he merely entertains an age-old desire to fly. Read full book review >

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GUTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Simon's books remain blessedly free of distracting sidebars and other trendy bells and whistles, and that simplicity in itself may be one of the keys to his enduring success. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Guts has a lot going for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The same science savvy and enthusiasm that has made Simon's titles on the universe so popular has been turned inward to uncover extraordinary facts about the human body. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8+)"
``Make a fist. Read full book review >