Books by Mike Wimmer

GEORGE by Frank Keating
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >
ONE GIANT LEAP by Robert Burleigh
Released: April 1, 2009

"Taken together, text and illustrations make this one to skip over in a season chock-full of moon landings. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
With customarily heightened language, Burleigh's lengthy free-verse poem describes the moments between the landing of the Eagle on the lunar surface and the Columbia's return to "fragile, beautiful home." Read full book review >
STEALING HOME by Robert Burleigh
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"It's unfortunate that the high level of writing and art is lessened by design choices that do not consider the needs of the reader, because the story is terrific. (Picture book. 7-10)"
During a World Series game in 1955, Jackie Robinson electrified the crowd and astonished the baseball world by successfully stealing home. Read full book review >
THEODORE by Frank Keating
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"As homage, its success is unquestionable; as biography, its achievement is a little more dubious. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An unabashedly reverent paean to the 26th president is light on biographical detail but heavy on inspiration. Read full book review >
WILL ROGERS by Frank Keating
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As it stands, without the necessary contextualizing detail to flesh out this most human man, most readers previously unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves no more familiar with him at closing. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An attractive, heartfelt, but ultimately obscure picture-book tribute to the great American humorist and commentator. Read full book review >
ALL THE PLACES TO LOVE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 30, 1994

"A book that courts sentimentality, but is so well crafted and essentially honest that it escapes it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An author whose powerful portrayals of families are often entwined with love for a home place weaves these familiar strands into a lyrical celebration of bonding with both. Read full book review >
FLIGHT by Robert Burleigh
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"A book that brings new life to one of the stories of the century. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-11)*justify no*"
Even the awkward style here (a choppy, breathless tone is exacerbated by the relentless use of fragments and single- sentence paragraphs) conveys the excitement of Lindbergh's historic flight at the age of 25, but Wimmer's double-spread paintings steal the show: from the first glimpse of the aircraft through an arch formed by the pilot's determined-looking legs, they capture the feel of the cabin, the beauty of sea and sky, the drama of the nighttime arrival—all in impressionistic paintings peopled with realistic portraits, most notably of the weary hero appealingly sprawled in sleep on the last page. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 1991

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10+)"
Concluding her first chapter with the death of Roosevelt's father while Roosevelt was still at Harvard, Fritz includes a telling quote ("I felt stunned...he was everything to me"), then telegraphs her theme in her uniquely lucid, succinct style: "In his distress, Teddy may have felt that....his boyhood was gone. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Conrad respects the priorities of her readers; they will reward her by looking forward to more adventures about Nicki and her friends."
Nicki, of I Don't Live Here!, returns in another amusing examination of suburban minutia. Read full book review >