Search Results: "Tom Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

A MYSTERIOUS SOMETHING IN THE LIGHT by Tom Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A cleareyed, compassionate biography."
The peripatetic, disordered life of the creator of private eye Philip Marlowe. Read full book review >

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DON'T START ME TALKIN' by Tom Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Part elegy, part master-student story, part road-trip Americana, Williams riffs on the dichotomy between appearance and reality."
Williams (The Mimic's Own Voice, 2011) hits the road with bluesmen Brother Ben and Silent Sam. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For readers familiar with the plays, the synopses are amusing and the watercolor depictions impressive; for those using this work as an entry to Shakespeare's works, welcome. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Seven plays—Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet—have been condensed into the comic-strip panels of Williams's other retellings (The Iliad and the Odyssey, 1996, etc.); Shakespeare's words are spouted by the performers, summaries of the plot appear beneath the frames, and Elizabethan-era playgoers heckle and comment from the sides and bottom of every page—e.g., "Go on! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pair this with Diane Stanley's Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (1993) to lay far, far better groundwork for a later appreciation of some timeless classics than filmed versions, or more conventional abridgements, ever could. (Picture book. 8-10)"
With small, teeming cartoon scenes so boisterous that they frequently burst their borders, Williams (Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!, 2000, etc.) catapults readers headlong through five of Dickens's best-known melodramas, introducing an array of curly-haired naifs, roundly vivacious young women, and pasty-faced villains, as well as those distinctively colorful supporting casts of orphans, convicts, ne'er-do-wells, widows, pickpockets, ghosts, and more—all of whom speak in snatches of Dickens's own dialogue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZZY BENNET'S DIARY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Whether there's a readership for this is open to question, but it is certainly done well. Miss Austen would probably be pleased. (Dear Reader note) (Fiction/pastiche. 8-12)"
Young readers not quite ready to tackle Pride and Prejudice directly but who are yet intrigued by it might enjoy this loving tribute by the indefatigable Williams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROMANS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not a very detailed picture, but broad enough to leave younger readers with a general sense of how grand the grandeur was. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In cartoon panels, the inimitable Williams offers snapshots of ancient Rome from the mythological creation of the universe to the fall of the empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"The idiom, setting and details may be British, but young Americans will have no trouble drawing parallels between WWI and the present situation. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Williams departs from her familiar comic-strip style to present this lad's-eye view of the First World War, filling oversize spreads with collages of period post cards, taped-on bric-a-brac, newspaper clippings, foldout letters from the front and cartoons drawn in colored pencil. Read full book review >

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CHAUCER’S CANTERBURY TALES by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Readers will want to revisit several of the high—and low—spots before deciding. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Of Williams's string of recast classics, this is the best so far. Read full book review >

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HOORAY FOR INVENTORS! by Marcia Williams
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"George's skimpier but more analytical So You Want to Be an Inventor (2002), illus by David Small. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Dedicating her newest offering to Leonardo da Vinci, "My special hero of invention," Williams sweeps through the entire history of inventions, from ball ("an unknown Stone Age child, c. 40,000 B.C.") to ball-point (Ladislao Biro, 1938). Read full book review >

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THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"With a proliferation of versions of Homer on the market, add this one to the shelves only where Williams's other comic-strip tellings are popular. (Picture book/folklore. 7-12)"
The highlights of Homer's epics are rendered as a comic book, in a visual and literary style that Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) has used before, but here more reminiscent of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the World than a Classics Illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNACK TIME by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sweet but dull. (Board book. 2-3)"
Six little animal babies spend the day at Noah's Park. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF SHARKS DISAPPEARED by Lily Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A successful balancing act between heralding disaster and promoting change—an informative debut. (glossary, notes) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Williams guides readers through the multifarious world of sharks and offers a disconcerting glimpse into our world without them. Read full book review >