Search Results: "Anna Harwell Celenza"


BOOK REVIEW

DUKE ELLINGTON'S <i>NUTCRACKER SUITE</i> by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Still, real cool. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9) "
Drawing from letters, memoirs, photos, film and recordings, Celenza presents a spry account of the 1960 composition and recording of a decidedly swinging Nutcracker Suite. Read full book review >

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THE HEROIC SYMPHONY by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

This companion to The Farewell Symphony (2000) and Pictures at an Exhibition (2003) melodramatically recounts the genesis of Beethoven's Third Symphony. Read full book review >

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SAINT-SAËNS'S DANSE MACABRE by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An intriguing if fanciful introduction to a musical classic. (Picture book. 6-9)"
"Zig and zig and zig. Maestro Death keeps time." A friend's poem and a visit to the catacombs underneath Paris in 1872 inspire composer Camille Saint-Saëns to write a now-famous orchestral piece echoing the sounds of dancing, clacking skeletal bones. Read full book review >

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VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Seventh of a series of music-appreciation books for young readers covering composers and interpreters from Bach to Ellington, this is a useful introduction to a beloved classic. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In 18th-century Venice, a young priest named Vivaldi taught music to the orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà and later composed a concerto for them, the first of four "seasons," each with an accompanying sonnet. Read full book review >

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THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY by Anna Harwell Celenza
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Kitchel's watercolor and ink illustrations capture Haydn's dilemma and the Prince's reluctant change of heart most eloquently. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The life of a musician has never been easy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SPIDER RING by Andrew Harwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A horror story for young readers that all but oozes spiders—a surefire template for success. (Fantasy/horror. 9-12)"
She's pretty sure that Grandma Esme is a little bit strange, but it's only after the woman dies and Maria gets her special spider-shaped ring that the truth gradually emerges. And that truth is crawling with spiders. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR MONSTER by Anna Llenas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bright and buoyant. (Pop-up picture book. 5-8)"
A child helps a mixed-up monster sort out its feelings in this inventive pop-up import from Spain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LLAMA LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"This simple holiday title will win Llama Llama new fans, and old friends will want to add it and its companion to their collections. (Board book. 1-2)"
In this board book designed for the littlest llama lovers, adorable-as-ever Llama Llama (Llama Llama Red Pajama, 2005, etc.) gets ready for some Halloween fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS BELONGS TO ME by Anna Wray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"All in all, nifty stuff for the artistically inclined. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Snazzy! Funky! Cool stuff, not boring! Somehow the vocabulary seems a little dated, but the idea is fairly neat: making stencils, collages and other items to personalize backpacks, tabletops, jeans and even your skin (jagua or henna tattoos). Read full book review >

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LLAMA LLAMA, TIME TO SHARE by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A solid addition to the popular series for toddlers and preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdney's newest Llama Llama picture book delivers a lesson in social skills to its camelid protagonist and its young readers, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROLY POLY PANGOLIN by Anna Dewdney
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Roly, alas, is no Llama Llama. (note on pangolins) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Roly Poly is a pangolin, a small, endangered mammal covered with scales found mainly in Africa, China and Southeast Asia. Read full book review >