Search Results: "Angela Barrett"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE PALACE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"A beautifully decorated story. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Anna, who lives in a hot, dry land, has a terrible fever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGELA AND DIABOLA by Lynne Reid Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The two approaches don't always blend: Banks often sacrifices subtlety for the broad satire of Roald Dahl's work, but the conclusion is both satisfying and novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Banks (The Mystery of the Cupboard, 1993, etc.) introduces readers to twin girls—one purely good, one purely evil—who make a hash of their well-intentioned parents' lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGELA LANSBURY'S POSITIVE MOVES by Angela Lansbury
Released: Nov. 7, 1990

A charming, low-key exercise/diet/cookbook from the actress best known for her role as writer/sleuth Jessica Fletcher on TV's popular Murder, She Wrote. Read full book review >

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THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Lightly wraps the love of family as the center of life in a silken gown of word and image, with a playful undercurrent of both whimsy and irony. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The king and queen of a city that reflects a fairy-tale Edwardian version of Venice suddenly realize that their beloved daughter, Lucia, will be queen one day, and she will need a husband. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNE FRANK by Josephine Poole
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"But her story was just beginning.' (chronology, author's note, Web site) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Poole introduces Anne Frank, one of the most recognizable figures of Holocaust history, to younger audiences in this picture-book biography written in succinct and candid language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYLVIE AND THE SONGMAN by Tim Binding
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"An unfortunate early reference—to the villainous Woodpecker Man's 'black' fingers and hands before readers know he's not human—aside, this is an exceptionally honed story with levels of depth. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
This finely tuned adventure opens with William Blake's "The Tyger" and lives up to that reference in surprisingly accessible ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW GOOSE by Paul Gallico
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A lovely reworking for a whole new audience. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A tale of exquisite sentimentality and storytelling gains new appeal in Barrett's magical hands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Max Eilenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"As emotionally intense but not quite so dark as Nancy Willard's rendition, illustrated by Barry Moser (1992), this version will draw a profound response from its customary pubescent audiences. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Barrett's finely wrought paintings create an appropriately dreamy, romantic atmosphere for this formal retelling of the classic tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCHES AND THE SINGING MICE by Jenny Nimmo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Try pairing this intriguing tale with Barber's The Mousehole Cat (1990). (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
A long, agreeably spooky tale in which two loyal tomcats rout a trio of witches who've invaded a desolate site overlooking a peaceful Highland village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW WHITE by Josephine Poole
adapted by Josephine Poole, illustrated by Angela Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Especially intriguing as a contrast to Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations (Caldecott Honor, 1973), which are as elegant but much lighter in mood. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A graceful, somewhat extended version of the original Grimm, with a gentler ending: instead of being forced to dance to her death in red-hot shoes, the wicked stepmother dies of ``her own poison'' in the form of a rose she intends for the happy bride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INVENTION OF ANGELA CARTER by Edmund Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"Expansive and lavish, this outstanding biography does much to demythologize Carter, revealing her to be a singular writer of her time."
The first comprehensive biography of the acclaimed British author. Read full book review >