Search Results: "William Novak"


BOOK REVIEW

MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >

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A WISH FOR YOU by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A sweetly packaged view that a family of three beats two! (Picture book. 1-5)"
In this lighthearted chronicle of the making of a family, text and art deliver an affirmative message. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is not the serious work we have come to expect from Novak. (Author tour)"
Glimpses of a fruitful discussion can be found here, despite the effort to hide them behind erudite claptrap. Read full book review >

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MOSQUITOES CAN'T BITE NINJAS by Jordan P. Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mosquito doesn't stand a chance against a ninja. Read full book review >

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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

THE EVERYTHING MACHINE by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Dystopian allegory, lively storytelling, giggle-worthy pictures, boy appeal—yup: Everything's here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the planet Quirk, the Everything Machine gradually supplants both the drudgery and creativity of the populace, which on most days "just stayed in bed." Read full book review >

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FLIP FLOP BOP by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fun for fans of flip-flops and summer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What better way to herald the end of school and the start of summer than by ditching shoes and socks and donning flip-flops? Read full book review >

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MY FROGGY VALENTINE by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sure to engender moments of amusement in readers and listeners. (Novelty. 6-8)"
Peering in from the edges of a large die-cut hole that occupies the center of this clever twist on an old tale, four eager frogs line up to get a kiss from lonely Princess Polly. Read full book review >

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NO ZOMBIES ALLOWED by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Novak offers a Halloween treat; but the message is not seasonal, making this a good choice for year round reading. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Witch Wizzle and Witch Woddle discover a stash of photos from last year's Halloween bash—starting with one of the zombies who "kept dropping their eyes into the bunch bowl"—they go from party planning to guest banning in Novak's cheeky offering. Read full book review >

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MOUSE TV by Matt Novak
by Matt Novak, illustrated by Matt Novak
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Delightfully imaginative, with dozens of witty details to discover and share in the deftly drawn art. (Picture book. 4+)"
All ten mouse family members are TV addicts, but each prefers a different kind of program. Read full book review >

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ELMER BLUNT'S OPEN HOUSE by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"His sturdy, ebullient creatures are splendidly expressive; the comical details of their antics are delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
After oversleeping, Elmer hurries off to work, leaving his door open. Read full book review >