Search Results: "Boris Kulikov"


BOOK REVIEW

BORIS by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though subtler and more understated than Dave Crawley's Cat Poems, (see above) neither the language nor the insights here should present challenges for readers, even younger or less practiced ones. (Poetry. 8-10)"
With characteristic sensitivity, Rylant addresses one of her cats in a set of conversational free-verse poems—recalling the day she brought him and his sister home from the humane shelter, warning him about predatory eagles, congratulating him on bonding rather than battling with a new neighbor's cat and on surviving a solitary jaunt into the surrounding woods. Read full book review >

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THE ERASERHEADS by Kate Banks
ADVENTURE
Released: April 27, 2010

"A bit gimmicky but nonetheless engrossing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Banks imbues three pencil erasers—a pig, a crocodile and an owl—with earnest personalities and important jobs to do for an artistic boy, who is never named. Read full book review >

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MAGIC BY THE BOOK by Nina Bernstein
ANIMALS
Released: March 16, 2005

"Graceful language and pretty interplay between the three children and between their loving, distracted parents adds interest. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A mildly engaging and very bookish fantasy, with a rich undercurrent of sibling lore, rivalry and affection. Read full book review >

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FRANKLIN'S BIG DREAMS by David Teague
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"After so many weird, woozy nights, it is hard to piece together Franklin's mind-blowing revelation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just before Franklin goes to sleep each night in this story, an engineer barges in and builds railroad tracks, canals and runways straight through his bedroom. Read full book review >

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MAX’S DRAGON by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2008

Another winner from the pair that introduced Max in Max's Words (2006). Read full book review >

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COME HOME, ANGUS by Patrick Downes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"Excellent use of scale and texture capture a child's out-of-control emotions. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Angry without knowing why, a boy stomps away from his house and neighborhood. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"Children who gawp at dinosaur exhibits will realize a new appreciation for those who devote their lives to finding and resurrecting extraordinary animals from eons past. And who doesn't love T. rex? (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
Presenting Barnum Brown, who, from the time he was named for circus impresario P.T., was destined to do unusual, important things. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE ON HESTER STREET by Linda Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"The historical references make the narrative a bit creaky, but Kulikov recreates warmly lit, authentic-looking interiors and street scenes, and his smiling, flexibly posed figures project an intimacy that will draw children in to this intergenerational interchange. (Picture book. 6-8)"
New pictures add fresh animation to a slightly retouched text originally published in 1982. Read full book review >

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BETTY LOU BLUE by Nancy Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Pair this with Feet Man and Mr. Tiny (April 2006) for a foot-long storytime theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Betty Lou Blue had the world's largest feet. Whackety, thwackety, flappety feet." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO DA VINCI by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

Debuting a new series, Krull presents a compelling argument that the great painter of the Renaissance was one of the West's first real modern scientists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by John Lithgow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Though not quite another 'Peter and the Wolf,' this will give a much-performed orchestral piece a leg up with younger listeners—and it works at least as well on paper as it does on stage. (Picture book with CD. 7-9)"
Commissioned to flesh out a storyline and create a spoken text for a New York City Ballet production set to the Saint-Saëns piece, Lithgow offers a tale of a wayward schoolboy who escapes his teacher during a museum visit, falls asleep surrounded by stuffed exhibits in a closed gallery, and dreams of his classmates, neighbors, music teacher, librarian, mother, and great-aunt as animals. Read full book review >

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SIX DOTS by Jen Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An inspiring look at a child inventor whose drive and intelligence changed the world—for the blind and sighted alike. (Braille alphabet, French pronunciation guide, author's note, Q-and-A, print and web resources) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Bryant follows an earlier biography for middle graders with this story, narrated by Louis, imagining life events from birth to age 15. Read full book review >