Search Results: "Andrea Davis Pinkney"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR BENJAMIN BANNEKER by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, the text is serviceable; and Brian Pinkney's glowing paint-and-scratchboard illustrations vibrate with dignity and purpose. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection) (Biography/Picture book. 5-10)"
This outline of the accomplishments of the distinguished African-American astronomer and mathematician focuses on the landmark publication of his first almanac and an eloquent 1791 letter to Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

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SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Useful four-item reading list. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-9)"
An introduction to the history, symbols, and customary celebration of this African-American holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Parks's preceding, years-long activism in civil-rights issues is unexamined in both text and author's note, however, continuing an unfortunate silence shared with other treatments of the subject for young children. (author's note, further resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grounded in the events of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, this hybrid of fact and fiction is leavened by a guitar-picking hound dog's blues-imbued narration. Read full book review >

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SOJOURNER TRUTH’S STEP-STOMP STRIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2009

"Imbued with a righteous beauty—like Sojourner herself. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The Pinkneys (Boycott Blues, 2008, etc.) collaborate on an upbeat yet nuanced picture biography of Sojourner Truth, whose slave name was Isabella. Read full book review >

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PEGGONY-PO by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Reminiscent of tall-tale heroes like Pecos Bill and John Henry, Peggony-Po and his larger-than-life seafaring antics result in a rollicking Moby-Dick for the small set. (author's note, glossary, further reading) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fearless young whaler leads a fearsome whale on a merry chase, triggering the Great Whale Bet of 1847. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Cool. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In this terrific picture-book biography, Scat Cat Monroe, a slick, fast-talking cat tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Scat. Read full book review >

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ALVIN AILEY by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"A final note fills in some of the facts; this attractive introduction, based on interviews with many who knew Ailey, will leave readers hungry for more. (Biography/Picture book)"
A slightly fictionalized account of the great dancer- choreographer's (1931-89) early training and rise to fame, ending with the triumphant 1960 production of Revelations. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING CUTIE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Nothing here on the level of some of the Pinkneys' other work—the attractive, brightly colored ink illustrations emphasize sweetness over artistic richness—but the musical interlude adds a lively touch of nightclub excitement to this bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cutie LaRue is sweet as cream—until bedtime rolls around. Read full book review >

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DUKE ELLINGTON by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Like Chris Raschka's solos, Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop (1992) and Mysterious Thelonius (1997), this loving tribute temptingly evokes the sound and spirit of a jazz pioneer. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
PLB 0-7868-2150-7 Addressing readers directly—"You ever heard of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?"—the Pinkneys embark on a cool and vibrant tour of Duke Ellington's musical career, from the pool hall ragtime that "set Duke's fingers to wiggling," to his 1943 Carnegie Hall concert, also giving some of the soloists that played with him, and songwriter Billy Strayhorn, a chance to step forward. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A solid entry in an ever-popular series. (historical note, photographs, biographical notes, time line) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Coretta Scott King Award-winner Pinkney provides an outstanding contribution to the Dear America series with the diary of the (fictional) first African-American student to integrate the segregated schools of Hadley, Va. Read full book review >

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RAVEN IN A DOVE HOUSE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Cumulatively, the adults have far more presence than the younger generation, several important events are reported rather than seen, and Nell is largely an observer. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A surprisingly awkward novel from Pinkney (Bill Pickett, 1996, etc.) about the comings and goings in an African-American family; it captures the pace of life in a small town in upstate New York at the cost of losing readers along the way. Read full book review >

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RHYTHM RIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An ebullient, wonderfully told introduction to music that had an indelible influence on a generation and its times. (photos, timeline, discography, source notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Adopting the informal, laid-back voice of a narrator she calls "the Groove," Pinkney offers readers a lively, engaging chronicle of the Motown sound. Read full book review >