Search Results: "William Mayne"


BOOK REVIEW

LOW TIDE by William Mayne
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"A fine readaloud for sophisticated listeners. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The ever-challenging Carnegie winner turns to New Zealand for an action-packed story that, as a colonial adventure involving new settlers and indigenous people, recalls the themes and limitations of Drift (1986): the locale and Maori are generic; but the elegantly described events, many verging on fantastical, elevate universal strivings and concerns to almost mythic stature. Read full book review >

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HOB AND THE GOBLINS by William Mayne
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Both comical and suspenseful, a tour de force from one of Britain's greats; a perfect companion to Cooper's The Boggart (1993) and Diana Wynne Jones's ebullient fantasies. (Fiction. 10+)"
Hob is a helpful household presence, fond of babies and, less often, also visible to children; unfortunately, he has greedily donned clothes given him by a grateful human and can't adopt a new home until he gets rid of them. Read full book review >

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PANDORA by William Mayne
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Poetic and satisfying. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Mayne (Hob and the Goblin, 1994, etc.) has written sympathetically of cats before in The Patchwork Cat (1981), and his description of a boggart-beset cottage cat is one of the eerie details enriching his novel, Earthfasts (1967). Read full book review >

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LADY MUCK by William Mayne
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"It please her from silk ear to scratch back' ''), though inventive, will turn off readers who have no sweet tooth for dialect. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From Mayne (Pandora, 1996, etc.), the arch tale of two pigs in search of swine ambrosia—truffles. Read full book review >

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ANGEL KILLER by Andrew Mayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A magical debut that mixes charismatic characters, an intriguing premise and a dash of illusionists' secrets to entertain readers and leave them eager for the next act."
A killer determined to bring miracles to life—and death—is hunted by a former magician determined to show that the culprit has nothing more than tricks up his sleeve. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE 12 MONTHS by William Lindmeier
adapted and illustrated by William Lindmeier, developed by William Lindmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2012

"This little-known folktale deserves better treatment; Rafe Martin's picture book of the same name, illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka, is a much better alternative. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A charming Cinderella tale from the Czech tradition suffers from amateurish computer illustrations, a lack of features and no narration. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

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AND THE TRAIN GOES... by William Bee
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A fresh, visually arresting read-aloud with a lovely old-time feel. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Here is the station all noisy and full, / and the station clock goes, ‘Tick-tock, tickerty-tock . . . '/ and the man in the station office cries, ‘Hurry up! Hurry up! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S THAT NOISE? by William Carman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 1, 2002

"For members of the pajamas-with-feet set bothered by nighttime noises, this should fill the beddy-bye bill. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As a narrow ribbon of glottal consonants twines through a darkened household, a wakeful lad seeks its source: A neighbor mowing the lawn? Read full book review >