Search Results: "Bob Raczka"


BOOK REVIEW

JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"The old ball game is still great fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Will there ever be joy in Mudville now that mighty Casey has struck out? It is the day after that awful game, and now there is a chance for redemption. Read full book review >

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SANTA CLAUSES by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Quiet winter scenes / Santa ponders in writing, / sharing the season. (Picture books/poetry. 4-12)"
Santa himself is the purported author of this calm but bright collection of 25 haiku, one for each day of the December countdown to Christmas. Read full book review >

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PRESIDENTIAL MISADVENTURES by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Lighthearted and entertaining, Raczka's irreverent quatrains show middle graders no figure is too lofty for some poetic play. (Informational poetry. 8-12)"
Presidential portraits in light verse. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The eye-catching format is brilliant, but this is an experience best shared by older elementary readers, with an adult to lead the discussion. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Paintings, sculpture and photographs depicting American scenes and people and representing artists and styles from the 18th century to the present are the focus of Raczka's latest lesson in exposing young minds to viewing and understanding art. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A delightful, insightful introduction to the world of art. (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-8)"
Listen to the cannons boom, pat tortillas, count the pictures, smell the fragrant flowers, and sip a cup of tea. Read full book review >

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ARTFUL READING by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Though expensive, this addition to the Bob Raczka's Art Adventures series will be a joy for bibliophiles large and small. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightfully delivered message appears on every page of this bright, appealing art book: Read! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Unfortunately what might have begun as a terrific classroom or museum-education presentation is less than compelling in print. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Raczka, an artist and a reliable purveyor of workmanlike and generally lively introductions to major works of art for kids (More Than Meets the Eye, 2003), here trains his educated eye on 18 movement-rich paintings that each exhibit child appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Kids will want to wade deeply into this marvelous, winning mix-up. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Readers may never look at concrete, or shaped, poetry in the same way again. Read full book review >

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FALL MIXED UP by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A true celebration of fall certain to be a winner with teachers and children alike; here's hoping that the rest of the seasons will follow. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This rollicking fall frolic is sure to arouse a chorus of hearty negatives in every audience as children race to point out the mistakes in both the text and the illustrations. Read full book review >

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NIKO DRAWS A FEELING by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Conceptual and thoughtful, like Niko's own pieces. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A boy finds ample artistic inspiration, but people find his artwork baffling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPRING THINGS by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The minimum of words should make this more inviting to its very young target audience, while the pictures might stimulate creative play. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Winter's thaw brings numerous activities, in pictures and verse. Read full book review >