Search Results: "Barry Moser"


BOOK REVIEW

POLLY VAUGHN by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A mostly successful attempt to clothe a classic tale in new attire. (Fiction. 8-14)"
As he did with Andersen's The Tinderbox (1990), Moser transplants a traditional British ballad with interesting parallels to Romeo and Juliet to Appalachia, a likely enough setting for the tragedy of a young man who, mistaking his beloved for a deer, shoots her and then is hanged for murder. Read full book review >

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I REMEMBER GRANDPA by Truman Capote
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Providing at best a minor if affectionate footnote to the author's work, the story first appeared in Redbook magazine for December of 1986."
Written by the late Capote at age 22 as a gift for an aunt, this is an innocuous, very faintly charming short story about a boy and his parents leaving the boy's childhood West Virginia farm home ("a trip. . .further than I'd ever taken before") and leaving the boy's grandparents behind. Read full book review >

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JACK LONDON’S DOG by Dirk Wales
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Moser's lovely engravings and a generally high production value give this volume visual interest, but that's not enough to rescue the whole. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Based on an episode from writer Jack London's life, this is a tale of a Yukon dog named Jack, which London may have known during his brief participation in the Alaskan gold rush. Read full book review >

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LOUSY ROTTEN STINKIN’ GRAPES by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"The moral is not explicitly stated but then, except for readers of Fox's ilk, it shouldn't need to be. (Picture book/fable. 6-9)"
"I am the fox," proclaims Fox repeatedly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON A TWICE by Denise Doyen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"This slight cautionary tale is undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A foolish mouse is prone to jamming up the line of fellow night-foragers to smell a rose and wandering off to watch a beetle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE SMALL GARDEN by Barbara Nichol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A lovely, personal look at nature. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nichol (Trunks All Aboard, not reviewed, etc.) wields a glorious simplicity of language to tell a few true stories and impart a lot of natural history about a garden in the city of Toronto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA'S GAMBLE by Richard Michelson
Released: March 1, 1999

"Moser's skilled sepia illustrations add an intimate touch to this poignant tale. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A young brother and sister can't understand why their grandfather prays all the time, instead of telling them exciting stories about his past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTHQUACK! by Margie Palatini
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"No harm done here, except perhaps to lots of funnybones. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
The Archon of Alliteration, Palatini (Tub Boo Boo, 2001, etc.) scores again with this belly-quaking, thigh-slapping, earth-shaking take on "Henny Penny," starring Chucky Ducky, Lucy Goosey, Vickie, Nickie, and Rickie Chickie, Sue Ewe, and other farmyard residents. Read full book review >

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THE THREE SILLY BILLIES by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Comic flourishes galore in this breezy retelling, though no match for the richness of language and feeling in Patricia Rae Wolff's Toll-Bridge Troll (1995), illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Though Moser veers off course on one page, this tale of a temporary traffic jam at the local troll bridge will draw fresh bursts of hilarity from fans of Earthquack! (2002) and similar riffs on familiar folktales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSES by Margaret Hodges
by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Barry Moser
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Moser's full-page watercolor illustrations on every other page create a strong visual personality for Moses as he ages from confident prince to elderly prophet. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hodges retells some of the key events from the life of Moses in a well-written, fluid style that makes the ancient stories come alive for young readers or listeners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN WILLARD MET BABE RUTH by Donald Hall
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A heartfelt piece of Americana from two old pros. (Fiction. 7+)"
The national pastime gets a bit of much-needed luster from the poet's touch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FARM SUMMER 1942 by Donald Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Nostalgia at its best. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The noted poet and author of Ox-Cart Man describes a nine- year-old's summer on his grandparents' New Hampshire farm while his dad's in the South Pacific and his mother works ``on a secret project...for the war effort.'' Peter flies across the country but ends his journey in a buggy; Hall rounds out an evocatively detailed description of traditional farm life with Peter's reunion with Dad back home in San Francisco. Read full book review >