Search Results: "Tessa Dahl"


BOOK REVIEW

SCHOOL CAN WAIT by Tessa Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Entertaining, accessible fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A sprightly fantasy about a British schoolboy and his parents on what turns into a global rescue mission, beginning when they happen on reindeer Blitzen, who got left behind during Father Christmas's annual round. Read full book review >

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ROALD DAHL by Jeremy Treglown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The enigma of Dahl himself, like the elusive charm of the tales, survives even this fine analysis."
In this brief and insightful biography, Treglown (Ed., TLS, 1982-90) probes the dark and volatile nature of this postmodern Pied Piper whose macabre tales bewitched millions of children and their parents, earned fortunes for his publishers, and redefined the genre of children's literature. Read full book review >

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BABIES, BABIES, BABIES by Tessa Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"The question-and-answer format leads to a didactic tone, but the facts are well-organized and clearly presented, with Dodds' cheerful, well-integrated illustrations making a major contribution to both information and appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A pregnant mother answers her two preschoolers' questions about babies, making interesting—and instructive—comparisons (``with sticklebacks, only the father looks after the babies, ...all the wolves take care of the wolf cubs, and baby turtles don't have anyone to care for them''). Read full book review >

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TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >

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OXFORD ROALD DAHL DICTIONARY by Roald Dahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Snapperwhippers aren't the only readers who will find this equally delumptious as a dictionary, a source of inspiration, and a way of revisiting a shelf of phizz-whizzing classics. (Reference. 9-13)"
Wordplay has its day in this extra-usual compilation of lexicographical delights drawn from Dahl's works. Read full book review >

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THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT by Judith Krantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1998

"Not as much of a tear-jerker as one might expect, but with lots of Krantz's signature glamour. (Literary Guild main selection and Doubleday Book Club; TV satellite tour)"
A nice soapy title for a nice soapy Krantz: the author's usual up-market labels mixed with a little mother-daughter drama and some heart-wrenching terminal illness. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTMENT OF LILY DAHL by Siri Hustvedt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Mystery, murder, and provincial caricatures, all in a readable but curiously dusty mix from a writer whose aims seemed higher the first time around. (Author tour)"
Hustvedt's second outing abandons the cerebral regions of postmodernism (The Blindfold, 1992) and turns to the familiar melodramas of small-town gothic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 27, 2012

"An accessible, if not original, take on coming out and overcoming adversity. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In a story unapologetically ripped from the headlines, a small-town high-school student starts a furor by announcing her intention to wear a tuxedo to prom and bring a same-sex date. Read full book review >

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THE LOST SUN by Tessa Gratton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 25, 2013

"When gods other than Baldur finally appear, things get interesting; maybe future installments will begin there. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
When the god Baldur the Beautiful vanishes, can two teens rescue him and win their hearts' desires? Read full book review >

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A FINAL DISCORD by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Catnip for fans of dimwitted aristos who can't get out of their own way."
Nothing but sour notes when classical-music entrepreneur Gregory Crowne (A Handful of Dust, 2004, etc.) agrees to help a spoiled rich kid jazz it up. Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2002

"Perfectly fine in execution but also a bit tiresome; with a different conception in the central story, Hadley's consummate knowledge of her characters might have resulted in a more telling debut."
A sorrowful debut follows a family and some friends as they go stage by stage through dissatisfaction with their lives. Read full book review >

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THE SIXTH VICTIM by Tessa Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"Although Harris (Secrets in the Stones, 2016, etc.) gives away a little too much a little too soon, she still combines two perceptive points of view with a convincing portrait of London's seamier side and a neat twist of an ending."
A reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper with a supernatural touch. Read full book review >