Search Results: "Vanessa Jane Townsend"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 27, 2012

"A well-intentioned but slender invitation to explore the natural world through sight and sound."
A cheerfully illustrated and alliterative stroll through a child's garden. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL MAKES A TO-DO LIST by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A wild romp, with the volume turned up to 11. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
A manic Pac-Man lookalike loves making to-do lists, but he has a certain amount of trouble (read: major difficulties) following through. Read full book review >

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MR. BALL by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Expect more from this Pac Man-esque hero and his band of friends. (Graphic fantasy. 5-8)"
Mr. Ball's egg-cellent adventure just may leave him cracked. Read full book review >

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MONKEY & ELEPHANT'S WORST FIGHT EVER! by Michael Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2011

"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. Read full book review >

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KIT FEENY by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Lame-tastic! (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Kit Feeny and Arnold are best friends. Read full book review >

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AMAZING GREEK MYTHS OF WONDER AND BLUNDERS by Michael Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth, illustrated by P. Craig Russell (2008). (Graphic mythology. 10-13)"
From the tale of doomed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe to the Labors of Hercules, nine oft-retold myths get an off-the-wall graphic-novel treatment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADRIAN MOLE AND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Laugh-out-loud one-liners ensure that even the uninitiated will enjoy Adrian Mole's journey through Townsend's cruel, comic world."
Loveable loser Adrian Mole turns 35 in the latest installment in the British series. Read full book review >

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MISSION AT NUREMBERG by Tim Townsend
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Gerecke's story is only a footnote to 'the trial of the century,' but Townsend thoroughly understands and skillfully handles the rich, potentially explosive material it contains."
In his first book, Townsend, a writer and editor with the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project, examines World War II's most unusual ministry: the pastoring of the architects of the Third Reich. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POCAHONTAS AND THE POWHATAN DILEMMA by Camilla Townsend
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Colonial history that admirably complicates the history of Indian/white relations in Virginia."
Not only did a love-struck Pocahontas not throw herself before John Smith and save his life, but she probably didn't even like him much. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEM OF RABBI LOEW by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"A strong collection, but its internal conflicts—between sensitive depiction of Jewish intellectual life and raunchy tales of porn—ultimately work at cross-purposes."
A collection of short stories set along the connections of gay life, Jewish life and Mormon life. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another of Townsend's critical but affectionate and absorbing tours of Mormon discontent."
In these sympathetic but subversive stories, Mormons have their faith tested in ways both subtle and severe. Read full book review >