Books by Kathryn Hewitt

Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers will enjoy delving into the exploits of intrepid explorers across time and, literally, space. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Another in the popular What the Neighbors Thought series, this title tells of daring, curious, hardy men (mostly) and women from different countries and eras who took bold risks in uncharted territories out of senses of adventure, curiosity and mission. Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2013

"Mightily entertaining and if unlikely to broaden a young reader's knowledge of the history of science, certain to humanize it. (reading list, no source notes or index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Krull profiles 20 scientists—warning away at the outset anyone interested in the actual details of their discoveries because here, she's all about dishing on their lives and egos instead. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 2008

"With rhetoric (and a sensibility) that harks back to Robert Lawson's equally problematic They Were Strong and Good (1940), this panorama will leave children pumped up but significantly underinformed. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In this superficial review of our country's history, Uncle Sam is cast as a Paul Bunyan-like figure who answered the British invasion of 1812 by calling on Andy Jackson to "beat the Red Coats in New Orleans" (never mind that the war was actually over before that battle was fought) and accompanied the trans-Mississippi settlers across an evidently uninhabited land. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Fabulous reading, great for research, deliciously and subversively feminist, this will sit happily on the shelf with the presidents, artists, musicians, and others this duo has covered so well. (bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)"
"Well-behaved women rarely make history" is the pendant to this collection of 20 brief biographies in what is now the masterly style of this dynamite team's previous "Lives of . . ." books. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Fresh, spirited, and unconventional. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
Krull vigorously beats more dust from the rug of High Culture with this followup to Lives of the Musicians (1993) and Lives of the Writers (1994). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This may not be the only book you'll need on these writers— for one thing, their quirks get more attention than their works— but you'll have to look far to find a better first one. (Biography. 10-14)"
Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage from the author and illustrator of Lives of the Musicians (1993). Read full book review >
FLOWER GARDEN by Eve Bunting
Released: April 1, 1994

"A simple, pleasing episode with a contemporary subtext. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl carries a carton of potted flowers from the supermarket home and up the stairs; she and her father replant them in a window box and light candles on a birthday cake to surprise Mom when she comes wearily home from work. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Glossary; name index; bibliography. (Biography. 8-12)"
A collection of anecdotes about 19 musicians from Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie that's offered ``as a way of getting closer to the musicians—and the music''—but that may only distance readers from traditional music by portraying it as an incomprehensible milieu populated by odd characters. Read full book review >