Search Results: "Sir John Tenniel"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

Making a brave attempt to erect an ethical framework for ambitious pranksters, Web gagmeister Hargrave (Prank the Monkey, 2007, for adults) layers common-sense principles ("A good prank is easily cleaned up, taken down, or thrown away. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN NEW YORK by Lewis Carroll
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 7, 2011

"A faithful—but not slavishly so—adaptation worthy of the Big Apple. (iPad storybook app. 5 & up)"
Even more ambitious than its predecessor, Alice for the iPad, a mash-up that could have gone terribly wrong finds its own magical charm. Read full book review >

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SIR LOFTY & SIR TUBB by Binette Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Which is subtle and cute, though likely to pass like a satellite over most young readers' heads. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The knights and ladies of two mighty castles live in peace and harmony. Read full book review >

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YES, SIR! NO, SIR! NO EXCUSE, SIR! by Robert George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An often affecting, if formulaic, story that's unpretentiously told."
A recounting of a man's spiritual journey from anger to inner peace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2010

"Further exploration of Chaplin's classic films, from The Kid (1921) to Modern Times (1936), is a must after finishing this colorful homage to 'the funniest man on earth.' (Biography. 10 & up)"
Fleischman's unabashed adoration for the duck-footed comedian, filmmaker and movie star effervesces from this fascinating, generously illustrated biography. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Read this then as a detailed intellectual portrait of a complex and creative scientist who nevertheless embodied the morals and principles—including the inferior position of women—of an eminent Victorian English gentleman."
Most know that Sir Francis Galton fathered the eugenics movement (he even coined the word), but, as Gillham (Biology Emeritus/Duke Univ.) makes clear in this encyclopedic biography, that was only after sterling accomplishments in sundry other fields. Read full book review >

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SIR FRANCIS DRAKE by Harry Kelsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A tour de force in every respect, and required reading for American historians and legal scholars, Kerber's new book is stunning. (30 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A scholarly debut exposing the celebrated 16th-century English seaman, explorer, and early favorite of Queen Elizabeth's for what he truly was: a ruthless pirate, a greedy robber-merchant, and a religious bigot and hypocrite who posed as a devout Christian. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP, SIR! by Jonathan Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Pungent and hilarious, if completely off the deep end: Ames is like a perpetual undergraduate jokester, whom you either love or hate on first sight."
A demented picaresque about a Portnoy-ish neurotic (and his valet) who leaves the safety of Montclair, New Jersey, and heads for the untamed wilds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"As for Naipaul: 'Never give anyone a second chance.'"
The detailed story of a long, top-heavy friendship that took a sudden nosedive, from novelist and travel writer Theroux (Kowloon Tong, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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SIR PHILIP SIDNEY by Katherine Duncan-Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"If not the best, this is certainly the most humanizing of Sidney biographies. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A spirited, speculative, scholarly account of the brief life (1554-86) of the Elizabethan courtier, soldier, diplomat, author, patron—to some the embodiment of the Renaissance ideal—by Duncan- Jones (English/Oxford). ``It is entirely possible,'' ``in fact, most probable,'' and ``bluntly apparent''—to use some of the author's decisively uncertain terms, that the illustrious Sir Philip Sidney considered himself a failure, his life spent as an ``aspirant administrator'' waiting for preferments, as well as for appropriate and endowed brides who would accept him without a title; even recognition as a writer was delayed until after his death. Read full book review >