Search Results: "Steven Schwartz"


BOOK REVIEW

LIVES OF THE FATHERS by Steven Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Some of these first appeared in Antioch, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Literary Review."
Of these ten stories, another volume in the Illinois Short Fiction Series (see Burgin and Costello), two that dazzle concern sons who reach maturity through relationships with, or reminiscences of, their fathers; the rest either mark time or overreach. ``Madagascar'' (a Nelson Algren Award winner) is a marvelous reminiscence of a father's past as a Jew in Gestapo-controlled Amsterdam juxtaposed to the narrator's painful growth into adulthood. Read full book review >

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A GOOD DOCTOR'S SON by Steven Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Schwartz is a gifted writer, but his premise here doesn't entirely sustain his talent."
Prize-winning storywriter Schwartz's second novel (Therapy, 1994) is the well (if conventionally) told tale of a teenaged boy whose life comes close to being destroyed by guilt. Read full book review >

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THERAPY by Steven Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Some moments of beautiful gravity, but occasional false notes as well."
A first novel about a therapist and his patients tenuously mixes psychodrama and romance. Read full book review >

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WILLIE AND UNCLE BILL by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Emerging readers will appreciate the feel of a chapter book, but this dynamic duo will surely be adored (and envied) by all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Uncle Bill visits, adventure is never far behind! Read full book review >

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A GLORIOUS DAY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A sensitive observer in top form, Schwartz has created a treasure of a tale that captures marvels in everyday life. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With perfect pitch and hilariously deadpan delivery, Schwartz follows a two- (or so) year-old through an ordinary, completely wonderful day. Read full book review >

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THINGS I LEARNED IN SECOND GRADE by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When red-headed Andrew started second grade, he didn't know how to spell "should," subtract 348 from 411, write in cursive, or read a chapter book. Read full book review >

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SOME BABIES by Amy Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Very small children will love the lists, and somewhat older children will get a glimpse into the secret life of parenthood. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A wry and winsome reality infuses this anti-bedtime story, which sounds as though it could have been transcribed from life, only better. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS TEAM by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Boys will probably like this, but it will leave little girls feeling like the last person to be picked for the softball game. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Schwartz (Some Babies, 2000, etc.) presents a first-person narrative of a trio of kindergarten-age boys who enjoy the tight, three-way friendship they call the "Boys Team." Read full book review >

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CAMPER OF THE WEEK by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A real winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For the younger set, tough moral choices treated with respect and memorable humor. Read full book review >

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ALBERT GOES HOLLYWOOD by Henry Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"One of the better dinosaur fantasies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like the Biggest Bear, the friendly blue dinosaur that Liz brought home to L.A. from Baja California (How I Captured a Dinosaur, 1989) is growing so huge that he's becoming a problem: The PTA can no longer foot his food bill in exchange for educational services, and his job as a lifeguard ends with the summer. Read full book review >

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POLKA DOTS FOR POPPY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A spot-on depiction of sisterly love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three girls help their baby sister get the clothing she covets. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"From where to buy those elements you just gotta have to where to go to find inspiration, Schwartz has included it all, and Lego fans will want this close to hand as both inspiration and guide for their next builds. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
Combining a history of Lego, interviews with prominent Lego builders and ideas for bringing models to the next level of inventiveness, this book will speak both to readers who are just starting out and to those looking to refine their skills. Read full book review >