Books by Woody Miller

Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Meager enhancements and amateurish animation mar this effort. (iPad storybook/song app. 2-6)"
The entertaining song at the core of this picture-book app is poorly served by unsophisticated effects and uninspiring animation. Read full book review >
ZISHE THE STRONGMAN by Robert Rubenstein
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Zishe, a poor Polish Jew and a blacksmith's son, displayed unusual strength from the time he was three years old. Able to lift heavy weights, bend steel bars and break metal chains, Zishe was soon recruited by a variety of circuses to perform throughout Europe and later the United States as the Strongman. A highlight of his career occurred in 1923 in New York City, when he was challenged as the Iron King to haul ten men in a wagon down Fifth Avenue by a single leather strap held in his teeth. Zishe, a true figure of circus history, born Siegmund Breitbart in Lodz, Poland, in 1883, had a gentle, caring side as well. He sought out the Jewish community in each town he performed in and played his cello for the hospitalized. Soft, earth-toned crayon drawings of a Samson-like figure energize this real-life superman story told, appropriately, with a bit of a big-top flair and a healthy sense of ethnic pride. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-6)Read full book review >
MEET THE HOWLERS! by April Pulley Sayre
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

Sayre (Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family, 2009, etc.) delivers yet another entertaining and accessible guide to the natural world. Each spread contains rhyming text narrating the daily activities of a howler monkey family and cleverly comparing them to a young reader's experience. For example, "Sister claims a branch / yet no one says to share. / She never has to bathe. / Her suit is wash-and-wear!" Also on each spread are a few sentences offering an explanation and supplemental information, appearing in a smaller font. In this case: "Frequent rains wash a howler monkey's coat. Howlers sometimes nibble and handpick insects, dirt, and leaves out of their own and one another's fur." Monkey sounds—"Woo-hoo-hoo! Ah-uh-oh!"—anchor a catchy refrain that is sure to get storytime crowds howling. Miller's appealing multimedia illustrations, in rich greens, browns and blues, depict the howlers engaging in their various activities with plenty of personality. A brief section—"More about Howler Monkeys," with additional interesting information about howlers—concludes this appealing introduction. (map) (Informational picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >