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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NO DOGS ALLOWED! by Anne Davis
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Definitely predictable but potentially entertaining, as well as useful to parents looking for yet another paean to the merits of learning to share. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Proof, once again, that archetypal enemies can become friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PRESCHOOL by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Readers who are reluctant about this milestone as well as those who are eagerly anticipating it will find a welcome resource in this brightly illustrated tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ebullient little boy describes his day, expertly guiding readers through all aspects of preschool life. Read full book review >

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COUNT THEM WHILE YOU CAN by Anne Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"With its pleasing song, breadth of information and world-wide scope, it should go over well in this country, too. (glossary of conservation status terms) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Lyrics set to the tune of "Over in the Meadow" introduce 10 species from around the world that have been deemed endangered or extinct in the wild. Read full book review >

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AT THE SUPERMARKET by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"While it's a shame this update does not do more to include ethnic diversity in the foods acquired and depicted, its quiet clarity is sure to attract newcomers who appreciate the simpler pace of life it reflects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rockwell's 1979 classic gets a makeover with new illustrations and an updated story. Read full book review >

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PHILOMENE by Anne Wilsdorf
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 1992

"The author is French; the appeal, universal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a gleam in her eye, little Philomene leaves her more timid friends and ventures into the fearsome dark forest. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2001

"Plentifully illustrated with simple, colorful art. (glossary, bibliography, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An engaging introduction to the opera for young people opens with a few words from mezzo Frederica von Stade about her own first night at the opera. Read full book review >