Search Results: "Steven Poole"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A perky exploration of the semiotics of video games—if that's what readers have been waiting for."
Despite its title, this is not a diatribe against video games, but rather a history that finds unappreciated nuances and aesthetic importance in them. Read full book review >

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RETHINK by Steven Poole
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's not much that's new here, but that's the point. A modest, enjoyable look at the care and feeding of creativity."
When seeking inspiration, Guardian columnist Poole (Unspeak: How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How that Message Becomes Reality, 2006, etc.) writes, it's not a bad idea to sift through the junk pile for second thoughts. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2006

"A necessary public service in prose occasionally rendered sarcastic by the absurdity of the material. Fans of Orwell, take heart."
A sharply articulated, well-documented exposé of the political and economic manipulation of language. Read full book review >

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CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >

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Thunder and Lightnin' by Jeneen Poole
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A warmly told moral tale with expressive illustrations."
A boy named Henry learns a valuable lesson about listening in this debut children's tale. Read full book review >

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THE BORGIA MISTRESS by Sara Poole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"A welcome antidote to the usual melodramatic Borgia fare."
A poisoner in the court of the Borgia pope strives to protect His Holiness by rooting out an assassin, in the third of a series. Read full book review >

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COMING OF AGE WITH ELEPHANTS by Joyce Poole
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 1996

"What she needs is a biographer. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Poole has bitten off more than she can chew in this disappointing memoir cum ethological study of her days amid Kenya's elephant population. Read full book review >

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Exes and O's by Lakeshia Poole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"An emotionally satisfying story of two college students finding love amid chaos."
A sequel offers an ongoing melodrama set on a university campus. Read full book review >

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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER by Amy Lowry Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Still, children will get the point, as well as a ground-level glimpse of a vanished way of life, and picture book versions of the fable are rare. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Aesop's fable gets a Northern Chinese setting in this stiffly formal version. Read full book review >

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THE PEA BLOSSOM by Amy Lowry Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"First class. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Poole gives her retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's story of five peas in a pod an Eastern flavor by setting it in "a small garden near the great city of Beijing." Read full book review >

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ABC HANUKKAH HUNT by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Though the book is unlovely, the interactive format could inspire some worthwhile conversation. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
This alphabet-centered rhyming scavenger quest asks readers to point out Hanukkah-related symbols and fare, from the obvious to the more nuanced. Read full book review >