Search Results: "Beth Krommes"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUE ON BLUE by Dianne White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Folk-art-inspired illustrations, astonishing in both their technical accomplishment and their heart, harmonize beautifully with lyrical language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A thunderstorm interrupts a young girl and her farm family's daily routine, until finally the drips stop dropping for some muddy fun before bedtime. Read full book review >

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THE SUN IN ME by Judith Nicholls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"An unnecessary introduction is a bit overlong—these poems speak for themselves and their message is clear: we are indeed of the earth. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A wide-ranging poetry collection covers sea, sun, sky, and earth illuminated by stunning illustrations. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY EYES by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"A top-drawer blend of art and science. (glossary) (Picture book/poetry/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Combining striking illustrations, evocative poems that do double duty as riddles and lucid prose commentary, this venture into the natural world stands out for both its beauty and its unusual approach. Read full book review >

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BEFORE MORNING by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A child yearns for the snow day that will keep her mother, an airplane pilot, home. Read full book review >

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SWIRL BY SWIRL by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Exquisitely simple and memorable. (Informational picture book. 2-8)"
"A spiral is a snuggling shape" is the somewhat homely observation that begins Sidman's brief and graceful poem—she goes on to catalog and celebrate the ways that spirals manifest themselves in the physical and natural world in a way that will draw in the youngest listeners. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Susan Marie Swanson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 5, 2008

"Krommes's breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the text's message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Inspired by a traditional poem from The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, Swanson's cumulative tale begins, "Here is the key to the house." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"It's very easy to see elves, gnomes, and dwarves being comfortable in such places. (source note, references) (Folktales. 5-9)"
These very brief tales offer insight and warning: where you might find the hidden folk, how to treat them, and what might happen if you use them badly. Read full book review >

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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2014

"Colby's experiences, while extreme, ring true, and the fast pace, lively and profane dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Colby's life as the heavy daughter of a disapproving former Miss Texas beauty queen is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. Read full book review >

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PACK OF DORKS by Beth Vrabel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption. Read full book review >

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STARRING JULES (AS HERSELF) by Beth Ain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though not as distinctive as Clementine, Jules eventually settles, becoming a vulnerable and likable heroine. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Seven-year-old Jules has been asked to audition for a television commercial. But she needs help. Will she turn to her know-it-all ex-best friend for it? Read full book review >