Search Results: "Anne Isaacs"


BOOK REVIEW

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH by Anne Isaacs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"True love is no tall tale in this delightfully overblown story of a plucky widow, a herd of greedy cowboys and a Texas summer so hot the chickens lay hard-boiled eggs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's nothing like the unexpected arrival of a millionaire widow to spur a stampede of Texas cowboys. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTS OF LUCKLESS GULCH by Anne Isaacs
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2008

"A delightful, spirited heroine in an enormously enjoyable romp. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Estrella has special gifts: She can run so fast that she sets fire to the air, and she can also heal and tame both ranch animals and some creatures that are more unusual—like a Kickle Snifter, a Sidehill Wowser and a Rubberado, all of whom have very strange and useful skills. Read full book review >

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CAT UP A TREE by Anne Isaacs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Combining elements both humorous and mystical, Isaacs sends the cat up the tree and transports readers to myriad worlds. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
In a chronicle of the events surrounding a feline's jaunt up a tree, Isaacs (Treehouse Tales, 1997, etc.) delivers a bewitching collection of poetry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN ANNE by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2103

"Anne's natural reserve and her instinct for discretion has led historians to believe that she was weak and dominated by women of stronger character. Somerset's impressive scholarship debunks that belief and shows Anne as a masterful, even authoritative, queen who survived the influence of her 'friends.'"
Somerset (The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, 2004) delivers an exhaustive and easily readable history of a queen trying to emulate Elizabeth I with none of the Tudor forcefulness and too much of the Stuart feebleness. Read full book review >

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PANCAKES FOR SUPPER! by Anne Isaacs
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Totally delightful and a great new spin on an old story. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Quick-thinking frontier gal outsmarts a passel of mean critters in a tale with echoes of a boy, tigers and pancakes. Read full book review >

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TREEHOUSE TALES by Anne Isaacs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1997

"The black-and-white illustrations are warm and with just enough exaggeration to match the tale-telling. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An affecting and affectionate trio of stories about three siblings growing up on a Pennsylvania farm in the 1880s. Read full book review >

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DUST DEVIL by Anne Isaacs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Artfully crude, comedic artwork, friendly, understated narration and a wildly hyperbolic story combine to create a new classic. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Isaacs and Zelinsky tell an even taller tale about Angelica Longrider, the outsized heroine of their hilarious, Caldecott Honor-winning Swamp Angel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNE & HENRY by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Clever and compelling storytelling from a promising writer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reimagined as private school hooligans (of course). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A graceful tribute and a touching act of gratitude."
An articulate statement of the enduring power of Anne Frank's original work joined with a brief biography, an analysis of the 1955 play and 1959 film based on the diary, some attacks on Holocaust deniers and a few thoughts on approaches to teaching the work. Read full book review >

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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 >

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SWAMP ANGEL by Anne Isaacs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"To say that you are entering Caldecott land doesn't begin to do this book justice. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
This Tennessee tall tale concerns Angelina Longrider, who even as a child was a real big gal; in fact, and without being too gender-specific, she strongly resembles another wonderkid by the name of Paul Bunyan—and she's just as much fun. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK by Melissa Müller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"An invaluable complement to an immortal testimony."
Anne Frank, before and after the diary, with many new details and a fresh, welcome perspective. Read full book review >