Search Results: "Will Vanderhyden"


BOOK REVIEW

NAVIDAD & MATANZA by Carlos Labbé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"In this short novel, Labbé plays an intricate game of appearance and reality, though his game-playing hits the head rather than the heart."
A novel at once transparent and opaque, a paradox characteristic of much metafiction. Read full book review >

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LOQUELA by Carlos Labbé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A challenging but endearing attempt to knock down some of the tent poles of narrative fiction."
A twisty, tricky metafictional romp that uses a murder mystery to explore the death of the author. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTED PART by Rodrigo Fresán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"An exemplary postmodern novel that is both literature and entertainment."
"Is Jell-O animal, vegetal, mineral, or interplanetary?" A tour de force from Argentinian writer Fresán, charting a course from confusion to confusion and back again. Read full book review >

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APPLES HERE! by Will Hubbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Considering the plethora of same-topic titles available—Ken Robbins's Apples, for instance (p. 962)—this, though not really a bad apple, isn't likely to be a first pick. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Hubbell (Pumpkin Jack, 2000) poses children and apple trees together in every season, and writes evocatively of the apple's annual cycle, from dormant winter bud to farmers' market and applesauce for latkes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHNNY APPLESEED by Will Moses
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Make room on the shelf for this slim volume, too. (Biography. 9-11)"
Many are the available picture-book tales of half-legendary wanderer John Chapman, but this one (not really a picture book) merits consideration, both for its appealing folk-art-style illustrations (Moses is an artistic, as well as genetic, descendant of Grandma Moses), and for its thoughtful prose portrait of a man who, Moses suggests, "represents the best qualities of the American character." Read full book review >

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HOW TO TAME A TRICERATOPS by Will Dare
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Adventures and misadventures, Old West style—but with dinos. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Young Josh needs to up his ride if he's going to win the Trihorn settlement's 100th-anniversary Founders' Day race and meet his hero, Terrordactyl Bill. Read full book review >

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MOTHER GOOSE PICTURE PUZZLES by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"As a technique for promoting visual and verbal literacy at once this game has a good track record, and young audiences put off by the crudely illustrated likes of Blanche Fisher Wright's Real Mother Goose Picture Word Rhymes (1916, 1987) or the much older Mother Goose in Hieroglyphics (1849, 1973) will both enjoy and benefit from this shorter but more child-friendly outing. (Nursery rhymes. 3-5)"
Hillenbrand introduces the idea of rebuses to newly emergent readers with a gathering of likely-to-be-familiar Mother Goose rhymes—from "Hey diddle, diddle, / the [cat] and the [fiddle]" to "Twinkle, twinkle, little [star]." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL FOR A DIME by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Exuberant, naïve entrepreneurs risk 'all for a dime' in this rib-tickling read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear, Mole, and Skunk try to sell their favorite things on Market Day with surprising results. Read full book review >

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OFF WE GO! by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A winner all around. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A good friend will help you prepare for your challenges and will see you through them, as Bear does for Mole in another charming tale in the series from Hillenbrand (Kite Day, 2012, etc.) Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BOOK BOX by Will Hillenbrand
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"General instructions appended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Conceived to kick off a library's summer reading campaign, this relentlessly purposeful outing presents a toddler-like elephant and frog duo demonstrating uses for an understandably rumpled-looking cardboard box. Read full book review >

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HANSEL AND GRETEL by Will Moses
adapted by Will Moses, illustrated by Will Moses
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"No source note. (Picture book/folktale. 9-11)"
Strong, atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for less than smooth writing in this version of the old domestic drama. Read full book review >

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ASLEEP IN THE STABLE by Will Hillenbrand
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Hillenbrand's mixed-media collage illustrations are just as successful as his text, with pleasing variance in perspective and appealing owl characters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From their perch high in the rafters of the stable, Baby Owl and Mama Owl look down on the manger scene in this delightful introduction to the Nativity story. Read full book review >