Search Results: "Thomas Van Essen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Thomas Van Essen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"Van Essen writes gracefully and makes accessible the issue of art as transcendence."
A terrific debut novel about the mystical and erotic power of art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING WEST by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A fine prelude or companion to Wilder's books, especially the perceptive illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A seven-year-old narrates the experiences of her family of five: setting out from their home in the East (Mama cries at leaving her sisters and her piano); leading the cow behind their covered wagon; building a log cabin on the prairie; the troubles of a first year (a failed crop and the loneliness before a neighbor moves in); renewed hope in the spring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This elegant picture book offers readers an imaginative way of thinking about and rediscovering the Mayflower experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The journey on the Mayflower and the first winter and spring in Plymouth are narrated with poetic precision by an anonymous boy, whom Van Leeuwen (Bound for Oregon, 1994, etc.) subsequently identifies as the son of William Brewster, the religious leader of the colony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

String's Cross by Guri P. Essen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2015

"A strange, disjointed novel that will sometimes delight readers but mostly flummox them."
A sweeping history of a family with immigrant origins and of a nation in turmoil. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

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BOOK REVIEW

PIGLET BO IS NOT SCARED! by Geert De Kockere
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"This closely follows an earlier adventure, Piglet Bo Can Do Anything (2015), which may explain the abruptness of both opening and closing; fans of his first outing may enjoy seeing him again so soon, but those meeting him for the first time may be unimpressed. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this Belgian import, a porcine hero faces his fears and (sort of) triumphs over them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Princess Lizzie and the Time Travelling Magic Cloak by Dr. Van
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"A brightly illustrated, well-intentioned story of social justice and generosity, too simply solved to be satisfying."
Princess Lizzie learns about political problems in her own kingdom in Van's (Princess Lizzie and the Sabotaged Magic Bicycle, 2014, etc.) third picture book fusing magic and technology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH YOUR SCALE! by Van Whitfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Amusing, but little else."
Whitfield's second novel (after Beeperless Remote, 1996), a romantic comedy set in the social swarm of contemporary weight-loss culture, is just about as thin as the characters wish their stomachs were. Read full book review >