Search Results: "Thom Wiley"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE SHEEP, BLUE SHEEP by Thom Wiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A colorful, off-kilter barnyard party. (Board book. 2-4)"
A farmer's clumsiness leads to a color explosion. Read full book review >

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The Wiley Kids in the Adventure of Cottonwood Canyon by The Wiley Kids
Released: March 22, 2015

"A well-written blend of education and entertainment, with relatable young protagonists and a deft 21st-century twist on historical sleuthing."
In this lively and inventive e-book, five canyoneering young friends shift into detective mode when they stumble upon a mystery rooted in Native American history. Read full book review >

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WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Sierra (see above) and Bang drew from the same original source, and their texts are very similar; use the new as a replacement or alternative to the old—better yet, learn the story and tell it! (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
Wiley and his mother fool the powerful Hairy Man once, twice, three times, sending him fleeing back into the swamp. Read full book review >

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WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Molly Bang
Released: April 26, 1976

"That the hairy man keeps coming back makes for a better story, and though the three-times-and-out condition, introduced toward the end, does seem to be stacking the cards for the hero, you will admire Wiley's mother and her resourceful final routing of the bogey."
In outline, skinny black Wiley in Alabama and the scary "hairy man" he has to fool three times to be rid of can't help reminding you of Mayor's Liza Lou (above) and the separate swamp monsters she tricks, but Bang's glowing gray-and-white pictures are far more subdued and there's a touch of humor in her monster even though he's as ferocious a creature as you'd want to see. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Next up: Grampa's Zombie BBQ (0-316-05943-9 trade, 0-316-0594200 paperback). (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Readers will scream, but definitely not in terror, at this tale of a truly unforgettable Halloween outing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1997

"But these were exciting times, and for those who care about the early days of the feminist movement and about magazine publishing, hearts will beat faster in reliving them. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vibrant recollection of the first quarter-century of the magazine that both energized the feminist movement and became a target for its tribulations. Read full book review >

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COLD SNAP by Thom Jones
Released: June 6, 1995

"Raw, powerful, and pulpy: an intense volume that's like staring at a gaping wound, something making it so you can't—or don't want to—look away."
Winner and still champion Jones takes this one on points. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"An easygoing account of the outlaw duo whose era separated Frank and Jesse James from Bonnie and Clyde."
In this dual biography of celebrated bandits, a specialist in the Old West deftly separates fact from fiction. Read full book review >

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SNOW ANGEL by Thom Racina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"Lurid, unbelievable, and thoroughly tedious."
A second novel from Racina (The Great L.A. Blizzard, 1977) offers a busily plotted tale of obsessive love run nastily amok. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NINJA PLANTS by Wiley Blevins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2017

"An interesting take on a subject not often covered in books for middle school and teen readers. (glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 12-17)"
The plant world includes many curiosities whose "sneaky" adaptations help ensure their survival and reproduction. Read full book review >

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THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY by Wiley Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A story of family, blood loyalty and making choices that can seem right but end up wrong."
Cash (A Land More Kind Than Home, 2012) follows his evocative debut with another striking take on Southern literature. Read full book review >

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A BAD NIGHT'S SLEEP by Michael Wiley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2011

"Fast, furious and fun. Readers who like them hard-boiled will love this 22-minute egg."
The bent cops are straight, the straight cops are crooked, and ex-cop Joe Kozmarski (The Bad Kitty Lounge, 2010, etc.) must somehow figure out which is which, and who and when, in order to stay alive. Read full book review >