Search Results: "Barry Root"


BOOK REVIEW

GUMBRELLA by Barry  Root
by Barry Root, illustrated by Barry Root
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Deadpan expressions and low-key reactions enhance the ambiguity of this veteran illustrator's faintly offbeat solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The tone is light, the pictures are bright—but there's a hint of Stephen King in this tale of a big sister who loves playing doctor to small injured creatures so much that she won't let them go when they're healed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Sullivan's notes, on Melvin Wine and Jake Krack and the tunes, round out a lovely, resonant offering. (resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sullivan reverently celebrates a musical apprenticeship that spans generations in this poetic narrative based on a real-life relationship and punctuated by the titular phrase. Read full book review >

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CENTRAL PARK SERENADE by Laura Godwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Very inviting. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Catchy couplets and luscious full-bleed illustrations combine in this joyous celebration of a Central Park summer. Read full book review >

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BRAVE POTATOES by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Any way you slice it, this tuberous triumph will have readers rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Speed and Root (Two Cool Cows, 1995) pit a platoon of feisty prize spuds against grimacing chef Hackemup in this gleeful culinary contretemps. Read full book review >

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THE GIANT CARROT by Jan Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A recipe for carrot pudding tops off this frolicsome adaptation of an old tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``It grew and it grew and it grew'' is a familiar chant among readers who know the classic Russian folktale of the giant turnip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHINOOK! by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 1993

"Root's sweeping brush strokes, affectionate caricatures, and sly humor are right in the spirit of the entertaining story. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A children's literature professor, reared in Alberta, makes a fine picture-book debut with some nicely understated tall tales about the warm, dry wind that sweeps down from the Rockies' eastern slopes. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not likely to be a life-changing inspiration to any, save diehard Michael Jordan fans. (Picture book/biography. 4-7)"
Michael Jordan's mother returns for another story about her famous son's childhood. Read full book review >

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PONY EXPRESS? by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Layne Johnson (2010). (Picture book. 4-7)"
In her characteristic stripped-down verse, Kay fashions the attributes and enterprise of the Pony Express, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial. Read full book review >

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AN INVISIBLE THREAD CHRISTMAS STORY by Laura Schroff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"This well-meant effort is a touching story of the white-savior variety, but it also raises some provocative social questions without ever answering them satisfactorily. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Adapted from the bestselling book of the same title for adults (2011), this abridged version presents the true story of a friendship between an impoverished African-American boy and a young white woman who becomes his mentor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEAMMATES by Tiki Barber
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A lesson of building self-confidence through steadfast pursuit of a goal that's easy to believe and enjoyable to attain. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sincerity and veracity are the hallmarks of the Barbers' books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEPLACE ELSE by Carol P. Saul
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Endearing, but also remote. (Picture book. 7-9)"
``All her life'' Mrs. Tillby has lived in the same country house, wondering what it would be like to live elsewhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BY MY BROTHER’S SIDE by Tiki Barber
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A great gift for brothers, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The Barber twins not only play professional football for the NFL, they're also both great enough to be stars. Read full book review >