Frané Lessac is the compiler and illustrator of Camp Granada, and has also illustrated many other books for young readers. She lives in Fremantle, Australia, with her family.
A freestyle tribute to a turn-of-the-20th-century yarn spinner whose wild accounts of supposed exploits in exotic climes earned him great, if brief, notoriety.
Billing himself "Louis de Rougemont," Swiss ne'er-do-well Henri Louis Grin caught public attention both in print and on the lecture circuit with astonishing tales of shipwreck and lonely subsistence on "evening dew and fish emptied from pelicans' pouches"—plus encounters with "gruesome fish with bulging eyes and hairy mustaches," flying wombats and "swarming bull ants." Read full book review >
Though the alphabetic conceit doesn't work as well for an entire state as it did for their tours of Washington, D.C. (2003), and New York City (2005), Melmed and Lessac gamely present a high-spots roundup of history, prehistory, places and annual events to give students and prospective visitors at least a taste of Texas. Read full book review >
As a lad in England, Jack Simpson worked at a beachfront donkey ride—an experience that came in handy years later when, as an ANZAC stretcher-bearer, he discovered a donkey cowering in a Turkish gully. Read full book review >
A poet known for his theme-based anthologies (Small Talk, p. 469, etc.) collects nothing but his own work in a pretty picture book. A few new poemsincluding ``Mother's Plea,'' ``Split,'' ``Winner'' and the succinct ``Winter'' (NEVER/quarrel/with/winter./It/ALWAYS/wins.)join with old favorites, including the title piece, exhorting the joy of reading, ``Valentine Feelings,'' ``Sing a Song of Cities,'' ``Behind the Museum Door,'' ``Puppy,'' ``Overnight at the Vet's,'' ``Cat's Kit,'' and more. Read full book review >
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >
Quiet, gracefully cadenced descriptions by a Jamaican-born author make a likable complement to Lessac's affectionate evocations of the island scene. Read full book review >
Catchy calypso songs, many of the 13 familiar (``Day-O''; ``Michael Row the Boat''; ``Yellow Bird''; ``Kingston Market''), four actually written by Burgie (who worked with Harry Belafonte as ``Lord Burgess''), the rest traditional songs that he's arranged. Read full book review >
Beginning in Brooklyn, N.Y. at nine p.m., Singer samples activities that might be taking place simultaneously around the world, moving west to east, including an anomalous Indian time- zone (half an hour different) and contrasting points in the same zones (Zaire and Switzerland). Read full book review >