Search Results: "Arthur A. Levine"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Inspiring and clever, this story captures the simple joy and limitless possibility of belief. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young bear with a very loose tooth anticipates the visit of the mysterious, exciting and petrifying tooth fairy. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO DREW CATS by Arthur A. Levine
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"It's not an improvement on Hearn's graceful simplicity, but it's a likable update, striking a good balance between contemporary warmth and accessibility and respect for the earlier version. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)"
A competent adaptation of a legend about a frail boy whose farm family takes him to a monastery to train as a priest. Read full book review >

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PEARL MOSCOWITZ'S LAST STAND by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Pair this happy tale with Polacco's Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992). (Picture book. 4-9)"
America as it should be, and sometimes is: Pearl remembers Gingko Street's earlier name—Smith Street—and the planting of its gingko trees at her mother's instigation; she's seen waves of new neighbors with names like Lincoln and Jefferson, Pi§a and Diego, Chen and Kee. Read full book review >

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SHEEP DREAMS by Arthur A. Levine
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Lanfredi's humans-as- sheep are delightfully caricatured in vigorous line and sunny colors; the kids waiting to audition, a distraught teacher, and an audience of expectant parents are a hoot. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A classic scenario—stage-struck but paralyzingly shy, little Liza Shetland (a sheep) rises to an emergency, saves the show, and becomes a star—is presented with unusual wit and panache. Read full book review >

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THE BOARDWALK PRINCESS by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 1993

"Good fun all the way. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Inspired by a Grimms' story and set in 19th-century Brooklyn, a lively tale about a brother and sister whose magical talent for sewing (fabric ``spoke'' to Sadie to suggest its best use; cloth that Myron rejected ``shrank and bled'') are exploited by a witch in her sweatshop. Read full book review >

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MONDAY IS ONE DAY by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Hits the spot for families with working parents. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Leaving their kids to go to work every Monday morning is hard for parents. Read full book review >

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BONO AND NONNO by Arthur A. Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There are a hundred delights for ear and eye in this unsugary confection; reading aloud is absolutely mandatory. (Picture book. 4+)"
Little Bono Faronno and his Grandfather Nonno go for a walk; Nonno settles on a bench and falls asleep, leaving Bono to call repeatedly, ``Nonno!'' Animal onlookers, thinking the little boy is saying ``No, no,'' pull out all the stops attempting to amuse the tyke till Nonno wakes up, and the pair walks back home. Read full book review >

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WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both lovely and deeply empathetic. (Picture book. 5-7)"
When old age takes its toll on Grandpa's memory, Noah learns to value every moment with him. Read full book review >

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ALL THE LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Ransome's full-page oils in wintry tones are bold and stark; their somber tone is appropriate, but a bit more vitality and sensitivity in the portrayal of the boys would have made their experience more immediate to young readers. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Levine's first book is based on his own grandfather's journey, in 1914, from a shtetl near Minsk to Palestine. Read full book review >

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BINGO'S RUN by James A. Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Though the overarching legends don't quite harmonize with the struggling mortals below, one thing's for sure: Bingo will win hearts."
A phenomenal street kid from the slums of Nairobi is the narrator of this second novel, a fable with realistic underpinnings. Read full book review >

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THE ICING ON THE CAKE by Deborah A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A fast-paced, cheery read that deliciously navigates the ups and downs of turning 13. (Fiction. 9-13) "
All Liza wants is a low-key 13th birthday party with her two best friends, but her grandmother decides she needs a big, fancy party. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH’S CHILD by Arthur Yorinks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Pair this with Audrey Wood's Heckedy Peg (1987), illustrated by Don Wood, for an effective fright-fest. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bit of TLC accomplishes what a mighty witch's powers cannot in this pointed melodrama. Read full book review >