Search Results: "Simon Wood"


BOOK REVIEW

DID NOT FINISH by Simon Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Wood (Terminated, 2010, etc.) kicks off this new series with a streamlined narrative, a spot of believable romance and some deftly introduced tidbits about the British racing circuit. Think of Dick Francis' early thrillers, especially Nerve, but with a lot more horsepower."
A killer who strikes in the middle of an event makes England's car-racing circuit even more dangerous than usual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT SEAT by Simon Wood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2012

"Somewhere along the line Jason's killer gets brought to book. But it's much more entertaining to watch Aidy get into one jam after the next. His laps around the racetrack must provide the most relaxing hours of his life."
A second case for British race car driver Aidy Westlake reads like a carbon copy of his first (Did Not Finish, 2011), with heat indiscriminatingly applied. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans will doubtless be happy to revisit old friends, but they will probably still reach for the original more than this once the novelty wears off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-one years after a wakeful flea roused the heaped-up sleepers in The Napping House, a full moon finds the household struggling to get back to sleep.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACROSS THE BIG BLUE SEA by Jakki Wood
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"As curious as the macaroni penguins investigating the boat from an ice floe off the southern tip of Africa, children will learn a smattering of geography as they trace the boat's travels along a route marked with arrows in a final world map. (Picture book. 3-7)"
First published in Britain as The Deep Blue Sea, this is an extraordinary ocean wildlife book for beginners, in which the addition of a tiny boat'smaller than the eye of a blue whale or the bottlenose of a dolphin—creates anticipation by forecasting the journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABET MYSTERY by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Still, it may be a stretch to call this a concept book. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twenty-five lowercase letters go in search of the runaway Little x in the sequel to Alphabet Adventure (2001) by this mother-and-son team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILLY SALLY by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A surefire read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The characters in Wood's sunny, simple pen and watercolor illustrations fairly bounce off the page in this exuberant cumulative rhyme. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET ADVENTURE by Audrey Wood
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Preschoolers can learn the names of the letters as they peruse the fascinating art, created with 3-D modeling software. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The alphabet letters are stuck on Alphabet Island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL PARADE by Jakki Wood
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 31, 1993

"Unusually attractive. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Why have just one animal for each letter? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S DUFFY TIME! by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"When it comes to books about napping, the Wood team cannot beat their own The Napping House, and while their love for their pug is obvious, in terms of fun (or even interesting) dog books, almost anything can beat this. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dog's life is a tough one, as evidenced by Duffy's busy day, which consists mostly of naps punctuated by meals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUBAL’S WISH by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Like their classic Napping House (1984) and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1985), this is a mesmerizing combination of clever, broadly tongue-in-cheek storytelling and elaborate, stylish art. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The Woods really crank up the wattage for this joy-filled tale of a frog who finds a way to share his bliss. Read full book review >