Search Results: "William Stevenson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Eloquent, bittersweet, memorable reflections."
A World War II Royal Navy fighter pilot turned journalist recalls a long, full life becoming a man of the world. Read full book review >

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MUD FLAT APRIL FOOL by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Tongue-in-cheek humor, delivered in deft and funny chapters. (Fiction. 6-8)"
April Fools' Day brings out the joker in Mud Flat's animal residents: George the fox breaks out his squirting lapel rose, Newt the gator tries the old dollar-on-a-string trick, a mole produces a note that she claims was left by space aliens. Read full book review >

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THE CASTAWAY by James Stevenson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Young travelers, timorous or otherwise, will chuckle. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stevenson continues the adventures of his usually intrepid mouse Hubie (The Stowaway, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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CORNFLAKES by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Tailor-made for sharing, in class or on a lap. (Poetry. 7-9, adult)"
Picking up where his third gathering of poetry and pictures (Candy Corn, 1999) left off, Stevenson gives wry or gently sentimental twists to 25 more everyday sights: fathers and sons in the park; bicyclists; old people and buildings; his paintbox; his wastebasket; a mountainous hamburger. Read full book review >

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SWEET CORN by James Stevenson
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"A book that says much in small ways. (Poetry. 8+)"
``WHY AM I HAPPY / THAT I WAS BORN? / JUST ONE REASON / (IN SEASON): / SWEET CORN!'' And so this exaltation, titled, ``Roadside Stand,'' sets the tone for Stevenson's collection of 28 short poems. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S HOUSE by Harvey Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1994

"The author's pen-and-watercolor illustrations nicely capture the warmth of this special relationship and its shared pleasures. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A realistic account of a little boy's visit to his grandpa's home, distinguished by some imaginative touches (Grandpa names a sandbar ``Woody's island'' because it ``goes away and then always comes back again, just like you do'') and the fact that this Grandpa is modeled on the author's father, author-illustrator James Stevenson. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Parents won't mind reading this one out loud as many times as it's requested. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful story of a dog who longs for a home of his own. Read full book review >

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SAM THE ZAMBONI MAN by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A competent collaboration, but not a memorable one. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A father and son team up for the first time in this warm intergenerational tàte-Ö-tàte. Read full book review >

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ROLLING ROSE by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 0-6)"
A familiar piece of baby equipment—the rolling walker—is celebrated in artfully cadenced, unrhymed verse whose rolling rhythm vividly evokes the heady freedom endowed by these first wheels, as does the imaginative text. Read full book review >

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CORN-FED by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"But readers overwhelmed by the recent tsunami of daffy, clever verse will find the reflective, faintly elegiac tone here a cornsiderable relief and a different reason to smile. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Despite the title, Stevenson's latest corncatenation of poems and pictures, or at least its second half, has an urban flavor, from buses full of children "[l]ooking for the universe" pulling up to the Hayden Planetarium to "I love dawn, / Especially with / New York City / under it" paired to a skyline. Read full book review >

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LOOKING AT LIBERTY by Harvey Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"This emotional manipulation renders the offering just another piece of propaganda, however artfully done. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A highly metaphorical account of the creation and installation of the Statue of Liberty furnishes plenty of poetic and patriotic fervor but little objective substance. Read full book review >

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THE WORST PERSON'S CHRISTMAS by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"As usual, Stevenson's expertly scribbled illustrations are more than half the fun—eye-pleasing and witty. (Picture book. 4+)"
It was inevitable that this perennial Scrooge would finally encounter Christmas and mellow just a bit; still, fans should be amused by his typically curmudgeonly shenanigans before an unpremeditated sled journey precipitates him into a neighborhood party that softens him up in spite of himself. Read full book review >