A spoiler-y aide de memoire helpful for keeping the villains straight.



From the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World series

A reminiscent peek into the darker corners of the Wizarding World’s media products.

You-Know-Who and the Death Eaters lead off, logically enough, with spreads on horcruxes (horcruces?), dementors, curses, potions, and Hogwarts’ revolving door of Defense Against the Dark Arts faculty following—along with nods to the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Army. Close-ups of Percival Graves/Gellert Grindelwald and the Obscurus fill out a closing section about the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. On each page, concept art (including, notably, an early portrait of He Who Must Not Be Named with a human, rather than ophidian, nose) and film stills mingle with spoiler-laden expository passages. The latter pay scant attention to the original print stories before turning to offer superficial sound bites from some of the actors amid tidbits about sets, makeup, or special effects. A packet of character cards for leading members of the Order, a sticker sheet, and a sparse handful of loosely attached booklets and miniposters add easily lost (and easily missable) extras to the package.

A spoiler-y aide de memoire helpful for keeping the villains straight. (Novelty. 10-13)

Pub Date: June 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9591-0

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2017

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A stereotype about people with disabilities is shattered by this introduction to a dance company known as Dancing Wheels, a group composed of “sit down” and “stand-up” dancers. The story begins with Mary Fletcher-Verdi, born with spina bifida, a condition that causes weakness in the legs and spine. Mary always wanted to dance, and, encouraged by a family who focused on what she could do rather than what she couldn’t, she studied the art and eventually formed a mixed company, some who dance on their legs, and some who dance in wheelchairs. What she accomplished can be seen in this photo journal of the group’s dance workshop in which beginners and experienced dancers study and rehearse. Along the way, McMahon (One Belfast Boy, 1999, etc.) intersperses the history of the group, some details about the dancers, their families, and the rehearsal process that leads up to the final performance. Three children are featured, Jenny a wheelchair dancer, Devin, her stand-up partner, and Sabatino, the young son of Mary’s partner. The focus on these youngsters gives the reader a sense of their personalities and their lives with their families. Godt’s (Listen for the Bus, not reviewed, etc.) color photographs detail every aspect of the story and show the dancers at home and in rehearsal, interacting with each other, having fun, and finally performaning. They convey the dancer’s sense of joy as well as the commitment to the dance as an art form felt by the adult directors and teachers. An excellent book for helping children and adults expand their understanding about the abilities of the “disabled.” (Nonfiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-395-88889-1

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2000

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Quick, bright, danceable, and splashy, if only ankle deep.



A 40,000-year-long jam with an international cast of players and cultures.

The spirit of scat is definitely alive in the presentation, as each single-topic spread tosses together a busy collage of period images or photos with colored boxes filled with quick takes on a style or genre, significant instruments and technical innovations, and, for (relatively) more recent eras, select composers and performers from troubadour Castelloza to Rihanna. Moving quickly on from prehistoric bone flutes, the more-or-less chronological history focuses on the European and, later, North American scenes but does spare occasional nods for Indigenous and non-Western music. More often it lets distinctive styles from other continents take the stage—following introductions to Wagner and Puccini with a look at Asian opera, for instance, and giving Indipop, Afropop, J-pop, and K-pop quick solos of their own. Hip-hop and house music are invited to the party, but gangsta rap is not, nor is Tupac (or, for that matter, any reference to profanity, violence, or even drug or alcohol abuse). Still, themes of racial prejudice and identity do play through pages devoted to the blues, big bands, R&B, and rock-’n’-roll, and the balance of men and women artists is carefully measured from the outset. Frequent leads to relevant musical selections on the web furnish a soundtrack.

Quick, bright, danceable, and splashy, if only ankle deep. (Nonfiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: Dec. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4263-3541-9

Page Count: 192

Publisher: National Geographic Kids

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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