Search Results: "Ann Tompert"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNGRY BLACK BAG by Ann Tompert
Released: April 1, 1999

"Tompert's text offers a crisp backhand to the pox of greed, while Chwast's artwork is highly demonstrative and engaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Greed has no bounds for this bully goat and his insatiable black bag in Tompert's tale, which is not so much cumulative as it is avaricious. Read full book review >

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HOW RABBIT LOST HIS TAIL by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Tompert has fashioned a good and simple porquoi tale from the Native American legend; Chwast's bold, color-drenched artwork, woodcut in style, gives the story a welcome verve. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Seneca legend has it that Rabbit once had a long and flowing tail; Tompert (A Carol for Christmas, 1994) and Chwast offer a sturdy look at just how he lost it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT VALENTINE by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A lovely valentine. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tompert has done an expert job of weaving the tiny strands of fact about the life of Saint Valentine with the lovely legends that have grown around his name into a bright volume that also provides a glimpse into Roman life and Christian persecution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOAN OF ARC by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Next to Josephine Poole's searching version, with its powerful illustrations by Angela Barrett (2000), or Diane Stanley's richly detailed rendition (1999), this comes across as a bland, superficial portrait of one of history's most surprising movers and shakers. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Tompert (Pied Piper of Peru, 2002, etc.) draws on early sources for this simply phrased retelling of the familiar legend, quoting Joan directly and letting contemporaries do the moralizing: "Even the King of England's secretary wept. ‘We are all lost,' he cried. ‘We have burnt a good and holy person.' " The author rounds off her tale with an account of how King Charles, "filled with Joan's winning spirit," drove the English from most of France, and of Joan's subsequent canonization. Read full book review >

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THE PIED PIPER OF PERU by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A wonderful intersection of history and myth. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A brave little mouse teams up with Brother Martin to find a way for the mice to live in harmony with the human residents of the priory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but not destined to become a holiday classic. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
This version of the birth of the carol ``Silent Night'' stars a crew of hungry church mice, whose nibbling at the organ keys forces pastor Joseph Mohr and his organist, Franz Guber, to write a new song for the Christmas service, a song suitable for guitar accompaniment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST A LITTLE BIT by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

With a nifty fillip of scientific principle, a delightful variant on such tales as ``The Turnip,'' where the last, smallest creature's help accomplishes a goal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT PATRICK by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"As the story pales, Garland's curious, mixed-media illustrations, with a variety of digitalized patterns, become that much more compelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The lineaments of Saint Patrick's life comprise the barest of bones in this work from Tompert (How Rabbit Lost His Tail, 1997, etc.), which is less biography than leap in the dark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE FOX GOES TO THE END OF THE WORLD by Ann Tompert
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"As a read-aloud, it needs a strong and flexible voice as it is nearly entirely in dialogue form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published in 1976 with illustrations by John C. Wallner, this story has been buffed up with Bryant's watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >