Search Results: "Bryan Bender"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Any reader who wonders about the significance of such a mission will have no reservations by the end of this well-structured, well-written book."
The journalist's reporting is impressive, but the storytelling is what distinguishes this account of identifying the remains of military casualties decades after they died in war. Read full book review >

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GIRAFFE MEETS BIRD by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Sincerely sweet. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The unlikeliest of friendships grows, baby step by baby step. Read full book review >

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DON'T LAUGH AT GIRAFFE by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Ultimately unsatisfying. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An unlikely duo seems to have little rapport with each other until an inordinate amount of teasing leads to some remorse on the part of one friend, while the other becomes less sensitive. Read full book review >

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THE A TO Z BEASTLY JAMBOREE by Robert Bender
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An exciting, approachable look at the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bender (Toads and Diamonds, 1995, etc.) rises to the demands of the highly structured alphabet-book format. Read full book review >

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A TOWN OF EMPTY ROOMS by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"While sometimes annoyingly myopic—Waring's African-Americans are invisible, the white Christians stereotypically one-dimensional—Bender portrays a marriage in crisis with heartbreaking accuracy."
Is it possible to know another person, even one you love, is the question posed in this novel by Bender (Like Normal People, 2000), which dissects a married couple in crisis. Read full book review >

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LET IT SHINE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Incorporated into these final spreads with the music are concluding illustrations for every song, each focusing on a shining source of light. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
An extra-large trim size, a vibrant palette and Bryan's glorious cut-paper collage illustrations add up to a marvelous interpretation of three traditional African-American spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Read full book review >

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ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY by Ashley  Bryan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 30, 1991

"Note on the spirituals. (Nonfiction. 4+)"
Twenty splendid examples of spirituals are provided with simple arrangements by David Manning Thomas (guitar chords also included). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2006

"A useful argument against exceptionalist cant, if perhaps one unlikely to carry the day in a jingoistic age."
A historian reminds us that, much as the sitting administration might think otherwise, we're all in this together. Read full book review >

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RIBBIT! by Bender & Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An associated website includes color sheets and games. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Produced by a graphic-design company, this three-layered split-page gallery costumes a big green frog in expertly photo-manipulated human gear and clothing. Read full book review >

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A MOST UNUSUAL LUNCH by Robert Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Good fun. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The day after a frog swallows a beetle, it awakes with antennae and six tiny extra legs. Read full book review >

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NOT FRIENDS by Rebecca Bender
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"This story will ring true for young readers familiar with playground politics and shifting friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charming friendship story with spare, witty text and that packs a visual punch. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF MAKING COMIC BOOKS by Michael Morgan Pellowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 18, 1995

"A sturdy, how-to companion to Elaine Scott's Funny Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics (1993). (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
In an entry in the Media Workshop series, Pellowski shows young enthusiasts how to do it like the pros. Read full book review >