Search Results: "Bryan Collier"


BOOK REVIEW

IT'S SHOE TIME! by Bryan Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Hilarious and very well-executed—shoe-pendous, even—this is a great addition for emerging readers and pun enthusiasts alike. One might say, a perfect pairing. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Collier gives beginning readers a quest of mismatched shoes trying to find the "right" pair after being "left" behind. Yes, all the puns are gleefully intended. Read full book review >

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UPTOWN by Bryan Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Walter Dean Myers's poem Harlem (1997), illustrated in similar style by Christopher Myers, conveys a deeper sense of the African American community's history, but this makes an engagingly energetic once-over. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Collier debuts with a set of dazzling paint-and-photo collages paired to a child's tribute to his Harlem neighborhood. Read full book review >

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ASHLEY BRYAN by Ashley  Bryan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"When he concludes, 'I've enjoyed walking the island with you,' readers will believe him. (Autobiography. 9 & up)"
A joyous photo of the author with outstretched arms on the cover invites readers to join him on a walk through his life, present and past. Read full book review >

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LIFT YOUR LIGHT A LITTLE HIGHER by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A story that recovers an important piece of African-American history inextricably tied to the history of Mammoth Cave, a national monument visited by 2 million people each year. (Picture book/biography 4-8)"
This story whispers of the life of a man most contemporary American readers should know but don't. Read full book review >

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TROMBONE SHORTY by Troy Andrews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"This well-told and exquisitely illustrated story of a musician with a steep career trajectory will inspire young readers to pursue their passions, despite the challenges. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
An autobiographical tale of a young man who started making "musical gumbo" at age 4. Read full book review >

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VISITING LANGSTON by Willie Perdomo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In this year of Langston Hughes's centennial, this work does him great honor. (Poetry. 6-10)"
A little girl is going with her daddy to visit the home of Langston Hughes. Read full book review >

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¡CLEMENTE! by Willie Perdomo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"Though, like Jonah Winter's similar but lower-key biography, Roberto Clemente, Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, illustrated by Raul Colón (2005), there's no chart of Clemente's outstanding career stats, heartfelt personal statements from the author and illustrator add a shiny finish to this infectiously energetic tribute. (timeline, sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Riding the tide of his own father's ("president of the GREATEST FANS OF ROBERTO CLEMENTE CLUB, Boogie-down Bronx chapter") hero worship, a young narrator named after the great ball player and humanitarian highlights Clemente's life and achievements up to that fatal "last sacrifice fly" (he was killed in the crash of a plane filled with earthquake-relief supplies in 1972), then pays homage to his strength of character, his belief that "con respeto, / con orgullo, with faith, with hope, / with belief in yourself…/ anything is possible in this world." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOO-WOP POP by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Cousin Brucie's jacket blurb summarizes nicely: '—wow!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
School janitor Mr. Searle, a singer in his youth, earns the tag "Doo-Wop Pop." Read full book review >

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BARACK OBAMA by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Still, of the three candidates' picture-book biographies out this season, this stands as the one most likely to communicate to children on a visceral level. (author's, illustrator's notes, resources, timeline, family tree) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
When David wonders why all those people on TV are shouting one man's name, his mother tells him Barack Obama's story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELCOME, PRECIOUS by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Still, this is a reassuring charmer and a sure-to-be-welcomed paean to doting parents and their cherished newborns. (Picture book/poetry. 0-3)"
Every child should be so blessed as to be welcomed to the world and into the loving embrace of an adoring family, as is the African-American newborn in this warm poetic picture book. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A lively, if unusual, take on the pop-culture icon, whose music is as fresh today as it was then. (author's note, illustrator's note, important dates, discography, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. All ages)"
In their latest collaboration, Rappaport and Collier combine a spare, poetic text and watercolor-and-collage illustrations to introduce readers to John Lennon and as varied references as Lewis Carroll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the war in Vietnam, and the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers will hear his voice echo in this presentation. (timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Beginning with the startling cover, which contains only the face of Martin Luther King Jr., with his smile broad, and his eyes crinkled in laughter, this title intrigues. Read full book review >