Search Results: "Tom Brenner"


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AND THEN COMES CHRISTMAS by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"WHEN families find an endearing Christmas story (such as this one), THEN they will enjoy reading it over and over. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Caucasian family with two young children prepares for Christmas in this captivating look at the anticipation and activities during the countdown to the holiday. Read full book review >

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AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

"The way Halloween should be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A present-tense evocation of the season leads ineluctably to Halloween: "WHEN neighbors rake fallen leaves into piles, / and the sky is that certain deep blue, / and bins of pumpkins arrive at the grocery store… / THEN bring one home and scoop and carve…." Read full book review >

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AND THEN COMES SUMMER by Tom Brenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"A perennial read that radiates summer's heady glee. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Summer's smells, sounds, rhythms, and rituals unspool luxuriantly in this tribute to the season when "days stretch out like a slow yawn," when "bumblebees bumble," and "every day is like a Saturday." Read full book review >

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ONE SMALL PLACE IN A TREE by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Leonard's bright illustrations match the text well—detailed, but not overly so, with a good sense of movement and life. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Brenner shows young readers two different ways of looking at nature. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2008

"A rich and masterful memoir with great value for aspiring practitioners of the genre, as well as discerning readers."
Vanity Fair writer at large Brenner (Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women, 2000, etc.) pens an absorbing account of her fractious relationship with her brother. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 1999

"Even dieters will be unable to resist this gourmet repast on American culture."
A witty and sumptuous pantry-level look at the struggle to create an American cuisine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine treat for food buffs, less snotty than Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential but just as revealing on how a fancy meal makes it way to the table."
Fine dining, politics, and a host of strange characters meet in this engaging, behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's hippest restaurants. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The glimpses of the artist's development in this handsome book provides may be apocryphal autobiography from West himself (Brenner bases her incidents on his account of his childhood), but the charm and innocence of his delinquencies will attract readers. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A folk-art quality infuses Dunrea's clean-lined and pleasing gouache illustrations for this highly appealing biography from Brenner (The Earth is Painted Green, 1994, etc.) on the childhood of America's first world-famous artist, Benjamin West. Read full book review >

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VOICES by Barbara Brenner
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Our garden / doesn't spread out very far, it's a little affair / in which we won't lose each other. / For you and me it's enough." Read full book review >

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LARGE ANIMALS IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Wendy Brenner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1996

"Quirky, challenging tales and an impressive debut."
The latest Flannery O'Connor Award winner offers a first volume of 11 stories (most originally published in literary reviews) featuring odd young women and men dealing with loss, failed relationships, and the difficulties of adulthood. Read full book review >

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GOOD NEWS by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"The illustrations are lively and appropriately comic; they also help define less familiar species like wood duck and muskrat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On Level 1 of the useful ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a story pivoting on the exaggeration of news as it's passed along. Read full book review >