Search Results: "Betsy Franco"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANCO by Paul Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"Careful and thorough, if uninspired, and likely to remain the standard biography in English for some time to come."
A definitive but dull biography of the least known of Europe's 20th-century dictators. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Betsy Franco
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Love, in all its raw, uncensored intensity is here wonderfully captured in verse by teens for teens. (Poetry. 13 & up)"
Romantic love brings out a whole range of emotions, and all are on display in this richly diverse collection of poems. Read full book review >

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METAMORPHOSIS by Betsy Franco
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the brevity of Franco's first YA novel may disappoint readers who want these archetypal yet complex characters in more detail, this accessible, modern retelling resembles the original by springing from story to story and exploring love and its ability to confound all reason. (Mythology. YA)"
Since his brilliant, meth-addict sister, Thena, ran away from home, Ovid just wants his now-overprotective parents off his back, to express his art freely, to understand why he wants to hurt himself secretly and to make sense of high school. Read full book review >

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BETSY ZANE by Lynda Durrant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"A real winner in every sense of the word. (extensive afterword, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old girl named Betsy Zane won the last battle of the American Revolution—the battle of Fort Henry in September of 1782. Read full book review >

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A SPECTACULAR SELECTION OF SEA CRITTERS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz's latest collaboration proves the third time's a charm. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In their third picture-book outing, Franco and Wertz (A Dazzling Display of Dogs, 2011, etc.) dive into the sea. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >

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A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF CATS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Capturing the spirit of each verse, Wertz turns a collection of otherwise unremarkable visual poems into a true treat for the eyes. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Franco's witty but uneven collection of concrete poems celebrating feline antics is accompanied by striking illustrations done in pencil and finished in monoprint and Photoshop. Read full book review >

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BETSY ROSS by Becky White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A bit of bibliography and a stronger admission that this is not history (or herstory) but legend would make this a stronger book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A historical fable, told in very few words, prettily illustrated and rather wonderful in its elegant brevity—except there is almost no evidence to support the Betsy Ross myth. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

Rhymes and stunning illustrations convey the patterns and shapes of birds, insects, spiders, a snail and one mammal (a mouse). Read full book review >

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BIRDSONGS by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A commendable concept that just misses the mark. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
From the "tat tats" of a woodpecker to the "tzik" of a hummingbird, this is an appealing day-long countdown of birdsongs, accompanied by short descriptions of some typical activities for each bird mentioned. Read full book review >

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COUNTING OUR WAY TO THE 100TH DAY! by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Teachers will think of dozens of ways to use this collection, not only on the hundredth day of school, but on all the other days as well. (Poetry. 5-9)"
One hundred short poems plus one hundred jazzy illustrations add up to a satisfying whole in this poetry collection aimed at elementary-school children celebrating the one-hundredth day of class. Read full book review >