Search Results: "Brian J. Pinkney"


BOOK REVIEW

ON THE BALL by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An inspired, exhilarating portrait of the transforming power of imagination, with special appeal for aspiring soccer stars. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Failing to keep his eye on the soccer ball, a player finds himself on an eventful chase to catch the runaway plaything. Read full book review >

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COSMO AND THE ROBOT by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"There's not much science in this science fiction, but Batman's utility belt has nothing on Cosmo's, and young readers will cheer his mechanical aptitude as much as his heroism. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This master of scratchboard crafts another fantasyadventure a la his Adventures of Sparrowboy (1997), this one set on Mars. Read full book review >

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HUSH, LITTLE BABY by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"The music for the lullaby is included on the back cover. (author's note) (Picture book. 2-7)"
This traditional American lullaby is gracefully interpreted in Pinkney's distinctive style, showing a 1900s-era African-American family working together to hush their baby, a solemn little girl two or three years old. Read full book review >

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MAX FOUND TWO STICKS by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A perfect marriage of idea and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sitting on his stoop near the end of a tidy block of row houses, Max seizes on a couple of sticks that blow from a tree and begins tapping: on his own thighs; on the bottom of Grandpa's window-washing bucket; on a hatbox his mother brings home, bottles, a garbage can. Read full book review >

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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DEAR BENJAMIN BANNEKER by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, the text is serviceable; and Brian Pinkney's glowing paint-and-scratchboard illustrations vibrate with dignity and purpose. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection) (Biography/Picture book. 5-10)"
This outline of the accomplishments of the distinguished African-American astronomer and mathematician focuses on the landmark publication of his first almanac and an eloquent 1791 letter to Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

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SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Useful four-item reading list. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-9)"
An introduction to the history, symbols, and customary celebration of this African-American holiday. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Parks's preceding, years-long activism in civil-rights issues is unexamined in both text and author's note, however, continuing an unfortunate silence shared with other treatments of the subject for young children. (author's note, further resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grounded in the events of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, this hybrid of fact and fiction is leavened by a guitar-picking hound dog's blues-imbued narration. Read full book review >

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SOJOURNER TRUTH’S STEP-STOMP STRIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2009

"Imbued with a righteous beauty—like Sojourner herself. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The Pinkneys (Boycott Blues, 2008, etc.) collaborate on an upbeat yet nuanced picture biography of Sojourner Truth, whose slave name was Isabella. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Cool. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In this terrific picture-book biography, Scat Cat Monroe, a slick, fast-talking cat tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Scat. Read full book review >