Search Results: "Tom Jenks"


BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN SHORT STORY MASTERPIECES by Tom Jenks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1987

"But however that may be, one hardly finds here yet the anthology deserving the mantel of its—and of that earlier—august title."
It's hard not to be cynical about an anthology of proclaimed "masterpieces" that includes, without apology, a story by one of its editors; and although some may consider Carver a contemporary master, remarkably few other indisputable gems are brought together here—Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," Philip Roth's "Tire Conversion of the Jews" and Bernard Malamud's "The Magic Barrel." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"One happy and spirited object lesson in what tenacity can bring. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
A well-told tale of a young filmmaker's progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOAT WORKS by Tom Slaughter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2012

"No need for a life jacket; all these vessels glide smoothly into port. (Board book. 1-3)"
When you sail away on these seas, the vessel can be any you choose. Read full book review >

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1000 TIMES NO by Tom Warburton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"This clever, appealing concept is sure to be a hit with the very young; with gentle humor and a cartoon-like atmosphere, the expressive pictures beautifully capture the point of view and opinionated stance of a two-year-old who believes he knows exactly what he wants. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There are many ways to say "no," and when Mom says it's time to leave, Baby Noah uses them all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT CARS by Tom Lichtenheld
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Replete with appropriately daffy cartoon illustrations, here's a gassed-up laff-fest that will keep readers roaring back for more. (Picture book. 7-9)"
"100% fact-free," but "Chock-a-block full of stuff!," this does for cars and car travel what Everything I Know About Pirates (2000) did for pirates—which is to say, puts a maniacally silly spin on every common myth, misconception, and factoid the over-caffeinated author can conjure up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE, TWO, THREE by Tom Slaughter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

For children at the very dawn of numeracy, Slaughter's paper collages offers one-to-ten counting (and modern art) practice on a set of commonplace, easily recognizable items—an apple, eyeglasses, buttons, beach balls, and the like—all rendered with utmost simplicity in bright primary colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE VS. YELLOW by Tom Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Minor flaws aside, the book presents color blending in an entertaining way. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two circles of different colors compete to prove each is the best in the latest from the creator of I Used to Be a Fish (2016). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2002

"A story of dedication whose author merges with the object of his passion as much as any great violinist or cook."
Master bass fisherman, fishing-equipment entrepreneur, and regional TV personality Mann lets fly a homespun, anecdote-rich memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLOUDETTE by Tom Lichtenheld
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Sweet and sunny. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lichtenheld takes a charming turn with the "tiny but mighty" theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Pitch-perfect middle-school milieu and enough Star Wars references (and laughs) to satisfy fans and win new ones. (paper-folding instructions) (Graphic hybrid fiction. 9-14)"
Can tiny paper guru Origami Yoda save nerdy Dwight (from whose finger Yoda pontificates) from Principal Rabbski's unfounded suspension (and worse)? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE LITTLE FIREFIGHTERS by Tom Graham
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A small trim size, minimal text, speech bubbles, onomatopoeia and the presence of the station Dalmatian make this a sweetly intimate choice for introducing firefighting and fire safety to preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Their dinner interrupted by the fire alarm, five firefighters (including a woman and representing four different races) get dressed while dashing to the fire engine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JINGLE BABIES by Tom Arma
by Tom Arma, photographed by Tom Arma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"It's not great art, but it will make a thoughtful stand-in for a Christmas card, as well as a festive standby for the teething set. (Board book. 1-3)"
Jingle Babies ($6.95; Oct. 1, 1996; 12 pp.; 0-448-41139-3): Arma's full-color photographs may ring a bell with readers acquainted with Anne Geddes's work (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 1995, etc.) involving even younger infants than the ones dressed up here. Read full book review >