Search Results: "Anne Spudvilas"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 22, 2008

"It's all about a young man far from home keeping stories close to his heart. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, the author was able, through happenstance, determination and yes, talent, to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West. Read full book review >

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WOOLVS IN THE SITEE by Margaret Wild
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Provocative reading. (Picture book. 10-12)"
Semi-phonetic spelling and slashing, ominous art add powerful notes of anxiety and otherness to this eerie psychodrama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIGHT STAR by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Spudvilas's glowing oil paintings capture Alicia's expressions, conveying, with the text, a message of affirmation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Alicia, growing up in the 19th century on an Australian dairy farm, rankles at the restrictions placed on girls. Read full book review >

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BIG CAT DREAMING by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A dream that fades when the last page is turned, unlikely to be summoned again. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wild (Old Pig, 1996, etc.) spins sugar in this story, further saturated by Spudvilas's oil paintings. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT GLITTERS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble

Cover Story: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave
BFF Charms: Oda Mae Brown, Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Folkloric
Bonus Factor: Leprechauns
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Hiding My Valuables

Cover Story: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

When first we practice to deceive … or ...


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ANNE HELEN PETERSEN
by Megan Labrise

When Anne Helen Petersen pitched Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman in 2015, famous female iconoclasts were having a massive moment.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck led the box office. Broad City and Girls ruled TV. Serena Williams dominated tennis. And Hillary Rodham Clinton on her way to becoming the 45th President of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

POSSUM AND THE PEEPER by Anne Hunter
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Alternating between close-ups and sun-filled landscapes, the scenes capture the essence of spring and complement the well-paced, gently humorous text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Possum (Possum's Harvest Moon, 1996), curled in his warm winter nest, reluctantly opens one small eye to the "Peep! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR EARTH by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The stylized drawings make geography accessible and relevant; pair this book with more straightforward treatments to avoid confusion, and expect plenty of discussion. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Rockwell (One Bean, p. 501, etc.) joins simple lines of text and soft-colored, rudimentary drawings to convey some of the important concepts in geography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S IN A TIDE POOL? by Anne Hunter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The modest price makes this title appealing for home purchase, but the small size and lack of references make it less useful for school and public libraries. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
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BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T OBEY by Anne Rockwell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 2000

"This story has not appeared in picture-book form since Betty Baker's No Help at All, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (1978), and like several more recently recast Mayan myths, reveals a lighter side to a mysterious, little-known culture. (introduction, source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 79)"
In mythology, disobeying the gods is generally a Bad Idea, but in this retold Mayan tale it leads to a happy ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOULA IS LEAVING FOR AFRICA by Anne Villeneuve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A paean to imagination and an artful acknowledgment of children's needs and frustrations, leavened with poignancy and humor. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Loula seethes. Sick of three ugly brothers and ignored by dotty parents, she sets out for Africa, making it only as far as the tree in the front yard until Gilbert (the family chauffeur) arrives to assist her on an imaginative safari. Read full book review >

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SEASONS by Anne Crausaz
by Anne Crausaz, illustrated by Anne Crausaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"A sort of visual haiku. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This French import features a black-haired girl who experiences a simple, sensory progress through the seasons. Read full book review >