Search Results: "X. J. Kennedy"


BOOK REVIEW

ELYMPICS by X. J. Kennedy
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The observations are immediate and funny. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Kennedy's deceptively facile verse amuses as it places under scrutiny a herd of elephants engaged in summer and winter Olympic sports. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE AS WIDE AS THE WORLD by X. J. Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Like its predecessor, it's an original and fast-paced fantasy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kennedy's companion to The Owlstone Crown (1983) is set once again in Other Earth, the Land of the Moonflower. Read full book review >

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A Hoarse Half-Human Cheer by X. J. Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2014

"Wacky while paying close attention to storyline, making for a strange caper indeed."
From Kennedy (An Introduction to Fiction, 2014) comes a novel about life at a peculiar Catholic college in New Jersey. Read full book review >

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EXPLODING GRAVY by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Large collections of light, entertaining poetry of this sort have a built-in audience; recommended for most poetry collections in school and public libraries. (Poetry. 6-10)"
For those children who have memorized all of Shel Silverstein's poems (and for those adults who have heard enough of them), here's a substantial collection of humorous poetry in Silversteinian style, complete with black-and-white line drawings on the half Shel (similar to his style, but not as successful). Read full book review >

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DRAT THESE BRATS! by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Again, Watts' little b&w drawings catch the gleeful mayhem. (Poetry. 8-11)"
They're back—Lil and papa's dental drill, Brent in the cement, Trish with a jellyfish—along with 40 other little terrors, in a third collection of comic verse featuring kids we hope never to meet. Read full book review >

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ELEFANTINA’S DREAM by X. J. Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Readers familiar with Kennedy's earlier book featuring the Elympics (1999) will want to read more about this talented pachyderm. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elefantina dreams of skating a dazzling performance in a silvery suit in the next Elympics. Read full book review >

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THE BEASTS OF BETHLEHEM by X. J. Kennedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Serious, reverent, and handsomely designed. (Poetry/Picture book. 8+)"
In the manner of De Gasztold's Prayers from the Ark, 19 carefully fashioned short poems, in the voices of the traditional Nativity animals plus some unexpected others—snail, hummingbird, worm, mosquito, and a cat that, this once, forbears chasing mice. Read full book review >

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J by Howard Jacobson
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is—though much different from what we've come to expect, which is not at all a bad thing."
Jacobson (The Finkler Question, 2010, etc.), Britain's answer to Philip Roth, returns with an enigmatic tale of the near future.Read full book review >

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TALKING LIKE THE RAIN by X. J. Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index. (Poetry. 3-10)"
More like a ``second'' than a ``first book of poems,'' this large, generously illustrated volume will serve children from preschool through much of their elementary years. Read full book review >

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X by Ilyasah Shabazz
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Readers for whom pre-civil rights America is ancient history will find this poetic interpretation eye-opening and riveting. (notes about characters, timeline, family tree, historical context, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Teaming with veteran Magoon, the third daughter of Malcolm X draws upon history and family stories to create a novel about her father's life before the "X." Read full book review >