Search Results: "Brian 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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MARTIN & MAHALIA by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Sure to become an indispensable part of annual Black History Month celebrations and library nonfiction collections on important African-Americans. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
A well-illustrated and meticulously researched story of the inextricably intertwined lives of two important African-American historical figures. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A feast for readers whose eyes are (or should be) on the prize, in a volume as well-turned-out as the dapper W.E.B. Dubois, who was 'more handsome than a fresh-cut paycheck.' (timeline, index, lists of recommended reading and viewing) (Collective biography. 10-15)"
Addressing the appetites of readers "hungry for role models," this presents compellingly oratorical pictures of the lives and characters of 10 African-American men who exemplify a "birthright of excellence." Read full book review >

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BUSY-BUSY LITTLE CHICK by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Potential confusion aside, this well-told and beautifully illustrated offering makes a distinctive addition to folklore collections. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Based on a fable of the Nkundo people of Central Africa, this compelling tale brings home the message that if you want something done right—or at all—sometimes you have to do it yourself. Read full book review >

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WE ARE ONE by Ysaye M. Barnwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"The message is important, but the execution is at odds with the level of understanding of young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Barnwell's song speaks of the universality of humanity and the endless possibilities of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE DIVA by LaChanze
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 11, 2010

"Accompanying CD read and sung by the author not heard. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An award-winning combo, she of the Tony and he of the ALA variety, perform a spirited duet of words and pictures in which Nena, the "D.I.T.—that's a Diva-in-Training," narrates a day in her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING by Jean Marzollo
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A quiet, poignantly telling book. (Biography/Picture book. 4+)"
In a thoughtful note, Marzollo suggests that adults may wish to change the words ``shot and killed'' to ``died'' when sharing this book with preschoolers, but goes on to advise that ``if we handle the subject sensitively, we will find that children, like ourselves, can look at truth and cope with death.'' Narrating King's life and accomplishments with a dignity and simplicity that is equally appropriate for young children or less accomplished older readers, the author concludes with a graceful summary of the reasons he is honored with a special day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEPHANT'S WRESTLING MATCH by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Colorful and dramatic. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
The elephant thunders out his boast—``No one can bring me down!''—and the monkey's talking drum sends the challenge echoing across the plains. Read full book review >