Search Results: "Toby Speed"


BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE POTATOES by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Any way you slice it, this tuberous triumph will have readers rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Speed and Root (Two Cool Cows, 1995) pit a platoon of feisty prize spuds against grimacing chef Hackemup in this gleeful culinary contretemps. Read full book review >

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DEATH OVER EASY by Toby Speed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"Though wholly admirable in its attempt to blend humor and mystery, Speed's debut falls short of its mark due to a failure to craft a sufficiently solid protagonist, and there are too many bells and whistles along the way."
A woman who's avoided danger all her life becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Read full book review >

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WHOOSH! WENT THE WISH by Toby Speed
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 1997

"A small book with a generous heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the team behind Two Cool Cows (1995) comes the sweet story of Henry, who wants nothing more than a cat for company. Read full book review >

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TWO COOL COWS by Toby Speed
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 1995

"Accompanied by Root's lissome paintings, Speed reinvents words and manufactures frenzied couplets to introduce readers to a place where a predictably good time will be had by all. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Two hip, sunglass-wearing Holsteins borrow some ``new black button-back boots'' and head for a party on the moon. Read full book review >

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WATER VOICES by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

Riddle fanciers will enjoy this book, in which Speed (Whoosh! Read full book review >

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HATTIE BAKED A WEDDING CAKE by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Hepworth's illustrations are delicious confections in themselves. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Speed's (One Leaf Fell, not reviewed) story centers on an unusual wedding cake. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE DANCER by John Speed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2006

"The author's fondness for his material keeps this convoluted romantic epic afloat."
A richly atmospheric debut, first installment in a projected three-volume saga, portrays the clash of Portuguese, Hindu and Muslim cultures in the waning years of India's Mogul empire. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOUIE TAKES OFF by Toby Morison
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A passable addition to the bird-who-can't-fly-themed literature. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Louie, a small, black bird, is the only one of the chicks in his family who has yet to learn to fly. Read full book review >

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CORPSING by Toby Litt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Violent, fast, mean, funny, and thoroughly satisfying."
Dinner with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend in an of-the-moment restaurant is made epically memorable for a London screenwriter when an executioner pops in and wipes out the date—and nearly finishes off the writer, who, badly banged-up, carries an understandable grudge. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >