Search Results: "Barbara O'Connor"


BOOK REVIEW

ADÈLE & SIMON IN AMERICA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adèle and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUBWAY MOUSE by Barbara Reid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bits of real litter and found bric-a-brac in Reid's plasticine subterranean scenes add an air of authenticity to this grand tale of a mouse who leaves his cozy subway station nest to find the fabled "Tunnel's End." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An all-around laugh-out-loud delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
From Anansi the Spider to B'rer Rabbit, trickster tales appear in cultures the world over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY AND THE MAGIC WISHBONE by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Magic, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
McClintock (The Tale of Tricky Fox, 2000, etc.) takes as inspiration Dickens's story of the magic fishbone, filling it out with a wonderful cast of animals and fine, handsome drawings with a decidedly Victorian flavor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Author's note. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5+)"
From the author of Desert Giant (the Saguaro cactus) and Tree of Life (the African baobab [both 1989]), another handsome, meticulously detailed portrait of nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Just right for Gorog fans. (Fiction/Short stories. 10+)"
Griffiths debuts with a group of scary stories that are guaranteed to shock and delight young readers with their deft plot spins and bold swashes of gore in a deceptively ``normal'' world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZOE'S WINDY DAY by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

One of four simultaneously published wordless board books concerning an appealingly sturdy child's outings in different kinds of weather (in the others, Zoe enjoys sunny, snowy, and rainy days). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSEUM TRIP by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2006

"It's a playfully subtle celebration of the possibilities offered by seemingly dry and dusty museums and, like museums, entirely worthy of several lengthy visits. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the Caldecott Honor-winning The Red Book (2004) is another mindbending foray into a wordless metafictive narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADÈLE AND SIMON by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Très magnifique! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set against scenes of early 20th-century Paris, this engaging, reverse cumulative story follows a girl and her young brother when she picks him up from school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The pen- and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are beautifully done, especially the ones that show the world magically transformed in Danielle's eye. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Danielle's adored Papa is a rumpled, bespectacled photographer in turn-of-the-century Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE OF LUKE AND LONGNOSE by Barbara McClintock
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A superb and inventive book by a truly talented illustrator. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
While Luke is asleep, his toy soldiers and elegant cardboard theater blow up and become life-sized. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Charming. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
McClintock adapts Charles Perrault's version of the familiar tale, taking inspiration from the fashionable pretensions of the court of Louis XIV for her richly detailed watercolor and line illustrations. Read full book review >