Search Results: "Bonnie Matthews"


BOOK REVIEW

CORAL REEFS by Sylvia A. Earle
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A worthy addition to the large school of like titles, but Earle's just treading water. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Here renowned marine biologist Earle essentially recasts her Hello, Fish (1999) as a more conventional introduction to reef residents and visitors. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2003

"An engaging guide that offers a valuable rewards solution for frazzled moms and dads."
A debut manual addresses many problems in parenting with a dash of fun and plenty of advice. Read full book review >

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DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE EGG by Tina Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2007

"Opening scenes of a junk-strewn industrial wasteland that is transformed by the end into grassy, rolling hills add an environmental subtext to this seemingly simple yet multilayered import. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Illustrated with scarlet poultry that pops right out of the black-and-white woodcut illustrations, this variation on "Little Red Hen" offers unusual visual impact, as well as a gentle suggestion that children are not culpable for the sins of their parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOODY GUTHRIE by Bonnie Christensen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A powerful, lyrical tribute to the musician whose music is so much a part of our lives. (Biography. 8-10)"
This moving biography honors the life and work of the legendary folk singer who celebrated the lives of working people all over the US. Read full book review >

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AN EDIBLE ALPHABET by Bonnie Christensen
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

"But it's the air of well-being that infuses these prints that draws attention and, ultimately, the delicately incised lines, sure sense of design, and subtly added color that delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Christensen makes a handsome debut with wood engravings that recall the woodcuts of fellow-Vermonter Mary Azarian (A Farmer's Alphabet, 1981, o.p.). Read full book review >

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ELVIS by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Despite some missteps, adult Elvis fans will be thrilled to share this book with children. (author's note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Brief poems present the childhood and youth of the King of rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Meritorious but ultimately disappointing. (author's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The brilliant jazz guitarist's life from birth in a Roma camp to stardom on a floodlit Paris stage,is sketched in free verse and vibrant oils. Read full book review >

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PLANT A LITTLE SEED by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Text and pictures align nicely in this fresh celebration of gardening as food for both body and soul. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In reverent lines punctuated with occasional and near rhyme, a girl narrates the cycle of working a community-garden plot over three productive seasons. Read full book review >

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THE OUTCASTS by L.S. Matthews
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"This uneven but enjoyable magical tale brings its outcast characters together: a magical version of The Breakfast Club in the English countryside. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A class trip brings a collection of misfits into a dangerous magical world. Read full book review >

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THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR by Andrew Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A good choice for most collections. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 16th-century Japan, Jimmu Shimomura is orphaned when his parents commit ritual suicide to preserve the family honor. Read full book review >