Search Results: "Toby Lester"


BOOK REVIEW

TOBY by Margaret Wild
by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Noela Young
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Young's beautifully observed watercolors are less impressionistic than Shirley Hughes's, and include more literal details, but they are in the same richly empathetic spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Toby, a faithful and affectionate golden retriever, is 14; he's dim of eye, deaf, and smelly, but still his family loyally forgives him everything—all except Sara, whose only apparent response to Toby's infirmities is anger. Read full book review >

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TOBY by Hazel Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Toby is a pleasing pup, but his story doesn't stand out from the crowded pack of dog tales. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A timid rescue dog learns to get along with his new owners, a lonely boy and his single dad. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Leonardo-lite, but the illustrations are illuminating and da Vinci's life is inspiring."
Atlantic editor Lester (The Fourth Part of the World: The Epic Story of History's Greatest Map, 2009, etc.) returns with another narrative-on-crank, this time about Leonardo da Vinci's ubiquitous drawing known officially as his Vitruvian Man. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A swift, sweeping primer on the Age of Discovery and the legacy of mapmaking."
The history of a rare and priceless map, which serves as a window to the mysteries and marvels of the Age of Discovery. Read full book review >

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MOOMPA, TOBY, AND BOMP by Anna Grossnickle Hines
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1993

"The very simple, yet carefully constructed, story is told in just a few words, plus Hines's bright but unassuming illustrations, where lapsitting toddlers can enjoy spotting familiar activities and following Bomp's independent adventures. (Picture book. 1-4)"
``Moompa'' is Toby's granddad; ``Bomp'' is the appealingly relaxed clown toy he pushes in his stroller when they go to the park. Read full book review >

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THE TOBY MAN by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Glossary of 18th-century terms (a toby man is 'a robber who holds up travelers on the road'). (Fiction. 7-12)"
Like Lindgren's Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (1983), young Tod Golightly comes "from a long line of robbers." Read full book review >

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TOBY ALONE by Timothée de Fombelle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Witty, original and devastatingly entertaining. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
An adventurous fable stars a miniscule hero facing massive ordeals. Read full book review >

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TOBY GOES BANANAS by Franck Girard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"The jokes will be new to the target audience, and they will likely want more after they've been released from timeout for acting like Toby. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Toby, an 8-year-old white boy, fancies himself quite the comedian…most disagree. Read full book review >

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TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES by Julie Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Although the storyline is a bit disjointed, its message should appeal to kids with both real and imaginary friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go. Read full book review >

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TOBY, WHAT ARE YOU? by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"EWSLUGp1997 has doubtless appeal, this one isn't as clever as the first and the longevity of that appeal is not so indubitable. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Steig is a master—if not the master—of turning on the endearment juices without getting sloppy about it. Read full book review >

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A GIRL NAMED 
CHARLIE LESTER by Carissa Halston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2007

"A lovely piece of female confessional."
The razory hip Charlie sallies forth from a hateful adolescence to find sex, self-awareness and then, in its many guises, the thing called love. Read full book review >