Search Results: "Steve Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

SORCERY! by Steve Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"The many opportunities for inaction can dull the experience, but it's a cut above Choose Your Own Adventure in both visuals and complexity of play. (iPad adventure game. 11-13)"
Background noises, a self-adjusting narrative and stiff but elaborately detailed animated figures add extra avenues of engagement to the first episode of this four-part role-playing game, which was originally published across the pond in print in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"For veterans and their kin, perhaps, though general readers would do better to turn to Doug Stanton's In Harm's Way (2001) for a satisfying ration of WWII naval combat."
An overlong, undercooked tale of hara-kiri and heroism on the high seas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT LOST FOREVER by Carmina Salcido
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Succeeds as a vivid reconstruction of a gruesome crime and the capture and trial of the murderer, but the appended memoir is sketchy."
A bloody story of murder and survival, combined with the author's account of her life afterward, assisted by true-crime vet Jackson (Love Me to Death, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WAVE by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Artful collage paintings, with snippets of maps to conjure terrae incognitae, allow the text to achieve its oblique promise of transcendence in the sudden, severe breach of routine. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this story of deliverance from Jackson, a curmudgeonly old woman discovers her liquid neighbor has greater things on its mind than raindrops and the occasional proffered fish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOPHIA, THE ALCHEMIST’S DOG by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Truly magical. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sophia's master is alchemist to the King, who gives him a yearly allowance to turn lead into gold, something the little brown dog's master has yet to accomplish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GAGGLE SISTERS SING AGAIN by Chris Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The watercolors, on the other hand, soothe as they transport readers to the Wriggle River. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This second go-round for Jackson's Gaggle Sisters, in a proposed trilogy, is curiously disjointed, but maintains the rhythm of their musical river tour. Read full book review >

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THE GAGGLE SISTERS RIVER TOUR by Chris Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The kooky, droll watercolors are a decided plus, but it is the dryly humorous, theatrical text that keeps the story going strong to the end, as readers applaud Dorothy's saintly patience and try to figure a way to reach into the pages to strangle Sadie. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A prima donna goose who practically defines pomposity gets a glimmering that her entourage of one—her sister—may well be indispensable to her success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COW’S ALFALFA-BET by Woody Jackson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"The pictures in this artist's showcase are tableaus that tell no stories, but reflective viewers may catch a hint of the slow rhythms of a vanishing way of life. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Vermont artist Jackson, best known for the distinctive cows decorating cartons of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, strews a string of rural landscapes with similarly eyeless, stylized Holsteins in this series of New England farmscapes. Read full book review >