Search Results: "Barbara Lehman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PLAN by Alison Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Warmhearted and joyful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A child's desire to fly to space turns into a transformative project with her father. Read full book review >

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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 >

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RAINSTORM by Barbara Lehman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Boredom leads to excitement when a little boy, trapped by rain, finds wonder and escape in an unlikely place. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET BOX by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Wonderful! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once again, Caldecott Honoree Lehman (The Red Book, 2004) presents surprising visuals that playfully and mysteriously connect children across space and time. Read full book review >

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TRAINSTOP by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2008

"Comfortably mind-bending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl takes a fantastical train trip in this wordless outing from the creator of other such cozily surreal offerings as The Red Book (2004) and Rainstorm (2007). Read full book review >

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THE RED BOOK by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Simple, nicely drawn, and a friendly toast to the imagination. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A charming wordless tale about a magical red book and two unnamed children. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE by Susan Whitcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"A reunion of the creators of Moonfall (1993, not reviewed), this book builds to a satisfying close. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A good-natured rant against materialism. Read full book review >

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ABRACADABRA TO ZIGZAG by Nancy Lecourt
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 22, 1991

"Still, there's a pleasing variety in the airy, crisply designed art, while a concluding glossary that includes brief notes on derivations is especially worthy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A clever thematic alphabet. Read full book review >

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MATTIE by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1992

"A satisfactory early chapter book for kids not quite ready for the Haywoods. (Fiction. 6-8)"
During Valentine's week, second-grader Mattie exchanges an amusing series of gifts with a ``secret friend''—dreaded class rowdy Jeb—who is also her secret admirer; during spring vacation, she peddles pesky little brother Emmett, finds a taker- -and promptly realizes that she misses him; and, in a summer episode that links the other two, she and Jeb build a treehouse and give Emmett a disastrous haircut. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1995

A grab bag of 150+ eponyms and toponyms and their origins, some loosely grouped into categories such as sports and recreation, animals, foods, clothing and fashion; others are lumped together in groups whose organizing principle is obscure (one section includes ``gadget,'' ``artesian,'' ``bungalow,'' ``lobby,'' ``attic,'' ``china,'' ``cheap,'' ``capitol,'' etc.). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2000

"But if you like prose pale as a shark's belly, they do just fine."
Before his fame as a screenwriter (North by Northwest, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, etc.), Lehman wrote short stories, the most famous of which, "Tell Me About It Tomorrow," became the hugely atmospheric, sleazy film classic Sweet Smell of Success (1957), whose totally artificial but fabulously acidic dialogue was boosted by co-screenwriter Clifford Odets's razory cynicism. Read full book review >

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SAND DOLLAR ISLAND by Liz Lehman
FICTION & LITERATURE

"This sprawling family blood feud suffers from an abundance of improbable plot twists and contrivances."
Lehman's debut novel introduces the Grants, a powerful Florida family whose superwealthy members are out for one another's blood and money. Read full book review >