Search Results: "Simon Wroe"


BOOK REVIEW

CHOP CHOP by Simon Wroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2014

"For British readers, David Nicholls meets Guy Ritchie; for Americans, Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain."
A British university graduate sets out on a journey of self-discovery when he's forced to break a sweat in an asylumlike kitchen in Camden Town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2003

"One of the great, nearly forgotten enigmas of English history, presented, more often than not, with verve. Still, even Henry VIII—a more controversial and consequential figure—doesn't always get such in-depth treatment."
A vivid, if overlong, biographical study of identity and deception in Tudor England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORPHEUS by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2012

"A book to make readers laugh, sing and weep."
Economist briefings and obituaries editor Wroe (Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself, 2007, etc.) delivers a transformative adventure of myth. Read full book review >

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BEING SHELLEY by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Hallucinatory and quite mad (Shelley would approve): helpful in deciphering his work but hardly his life."
From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"These small flaws aside, this is an equally informative and entertaining work, one that will be a delight not only to medievalists, but to all who wish a respite from the pace, technology, and other perplexities of contemporary life."
Wroe, who studied medieval history at Oxford and is now the American editor of the Economist, uses a real-life 14th-century mystery as a ``springboard'' for an intimate, well-crafted profile of late medieval life in the town of Rodez in southwest France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETS by Simon Abbott
by Simon Abbott, illustrated by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An enjoyable, affordable addition to this accessible series. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
Paper engineering animates a bevy of domestic animals as the pages turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POP AND PLAY by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Despite these quibbles, both books are likable and affordable starter pop-ups. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
As the book opens, paper engineering animates a variety of vehicles on the page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Picture book. 5-7)"
James coasts through this remake of Baby Brains (2004), changing the milieu but not much else. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRDWATCHERS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The grandfather's love of birdwatching and the pleasure of sharing this passion with his granddaughter, coupled with the frustration of the novice birder who can't spot a bird, rings true to anyone facing a new challenge, especially a child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This gentle, intergenerational story successfully conveys in a simple and authentic voice a granddaughter's first birding experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD WOODS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A good-humored vignette with concise, appealingly realistic dialogue and deftly scribbled pen and watercolor illustrations, in the manner of James Stevenson, that nicely convey the large but friendly woods' attractions and the warm interaction between Grandpa and Jess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As Jess and Grandpa make their way through the woods, they debate Jess's idea of taking a squirrel home. ``They're too wild,'' Grandpa says, but, still, Jess follows one over a gate, across a stream, and up the trunk of a fallen tree, pointing out that squirrels enjoy sandwiches and that one could sleep in her room. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY AND THE LIMPET by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Simple but telling, with cartoon-style illustrations whose deft draftsmanship compares honorably with Quentin Blake's and a Steig-like blend of humor and tenderness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sally tugs a limpet (a mollusk famous for hanging on) from its seaside rock, only to find it stuck fast to her finger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2016

"A practical, accessible, and fun guide to planning the sailing adventure of a lifetime."
A debut book provides a practical sailing guide to world circumnavigation. Read full book review >