Search Results: "Vlasta van Kampen"


BOOK REVIEW

BEETLE BEDLAM by Vlasta van Kampen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A fascinating subject marred by pretension. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's much ado about nothing in this forced-into-fiction look at the world of beetles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT COULDN’T BE WORSE! by Vlasta van Kampen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Beautiful illustrations complementing a very satisfying retelling make this a winner for the youngest of listeners and for older readers as well. (Picture book/folktale. 4-9)"
Van Kampen (A Drop of Gold, not reviewed, etc.) brings her illustrative and retelling talents to a classic folktale retold earlier by Margot Zemach (It Could Always Be Worse, 1977). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAD, MAD, GLAD HIPPOS by Jane Yolen
Released: July 1, 2008

"One of three hippo books from this duo out this month."
A flock of hippos runs the emotional gamut from morose to mirthful in this offering from one of children's literature's most prolific authors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VAN by John Ball
Released: March 22, 1989

Ball's final novel (he died last October) is a sorry testament: neither is it one of his popular Virgil Tibbs mysteries (In the Heat of the Night, etc.) nor an addition to his Jack Tallon series, but a lumbering police procedural—loosely based on a real L.A. serial-killer case—saved from amateurism only by tight attention to cop-detail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN GOGH by Steven Naifeh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Despite its exhaustive length, the book is brilliantly written and engaging, presenting a three-dimensional and larger-than-life portrait of the artist."
A gripping and almost certainly definitive account of the all-too-short life of a great artist who believed he was doomed to oblivion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN CLIBURN by Howard Reich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1993

"Prospective Cliburnites are better advised to invest in the CD re-release of his legendary performances of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and Rachmaninoff's second. (Illustrations—16 pp. color & b&w—not seen) (First printing of 35,000)"
The noted American pianist receives an overlong popular biography, stuffed with irritating detail on virtually every page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VAN by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vintage Doyle."
A beaten-up van dispensing fish and chips, not some clearing in the deep woods, is the setting for Doyle's warm, humorous, and cleareyed look at male friendship—in this his third book featuring the irrepressible Rabbitte family of Dublin (The Commitments, 1989; The Snapper, see above). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VAN GOGH DECEPTION by Deron R. Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A suspenseful mystery romp with art appreciation and heartening trust in readers' intelligence. (map, author's note) (Mystery. 10-14)"
Two kids race around a city on a wintry night, tangling with elite operatives and foiling a crime they don't understand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VAN LAVEN CHRONICLES by Tyler Chase
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2014

"An intriguing study of love and trust wrapped in exhilarating adventure—a big win for sci-fi and romance fans."
Meeting when they survive a sabotaged flight, two star-crossed lovers—she the daughter of his mortal enemy—help each other through the ordeal, fall in love and pit themselves against the galactic powers that be. Read full book review >