BOOK REVIEW: The king of cartoon characters

IWAO TAKAMOTO: MY LIFE WITH A THOUSAND CHARACTERS By Iwao Takamoto with Michael Mallory (Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 2009, 240 pp., $22, paperback) Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007), the creator of such beloved characters as Scooby-Doo, Muttley, Atom Ant and Penelope Pittstop, has left us with a memoir much like his personality — witty, humorous […]

Tasty Sweets, Minus the Guilt

THE WORRY FREE BAKERY: Treats Without Oil and Butter By Kuniko Ibaraki, translated by Jessica Bezer (New York: Vertical, Inc., 2009, 80 pp., $14.95, paperback) At first glance, the title may create skepticism in many die-hard dessert connoisseurs, but every recipe in this book is grounded in Kuniko Ibaraki’s idea that delicious desserts can be […]

Global Warming, and a Plea for Change

THE BIG PICTURE: Reflections On Science, Humanity, And A Quickly Changing Planet By David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor (Toronto and Vancouver: Greystone Books; London and New York: David Suzuki Foundation: 2009, 272 pp., $19.95, 2009, paperback) In his latest book, David Suzuki tackles most of planet earth’s biggest issues, from the warming of the […]

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