Search Results: "Bryan Collier"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MY COUNTRY, ’TIS OF THEE by Claire Rudolf Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2014

"This examination of a well-known piece of music and the activism it inspired makes for a fascinating way to explore history. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
One of the first patriotic songs young Americans learn in school is "America," more commonly known as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

I, TOO, AM AMERICA by Langston Hughes
Released: May 22, 2012

"Enjoy the poem and the illustrations; skip the instructions. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
A brilliant visual association between Hughes' poem and the history of the Pullman porters illuminates a chapter of American history but gets bogged down in backmatter explaining its metaphors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note. (additional facts, author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
A former slave fulfills his quest for an education and much more in this superbly designed tribute to an oft-maligned African-American educator and author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LINCOLN AND DOUGLASS by Nikki Giovanni
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's the season for Lincolnalia, but this team, who collaborated successfully on Rosa (2005), fail to present a focused work that will be meaningful to children. (timeline) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A dramatic double-page spread of the Emancipation Proclamation fast-forwards to a March evening in 1865 at the White House, where President and Mrs. Lincoln are hosting an inaugural ball and to which Frederick Douglass is an invited guest. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM RIVER by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

Before the Civil War, John Parker, an ex-slave, successful businessman, and resident of the free state of Ohio crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky (a slave state) and risked his own life to free those still in bondage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WATCHER by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"A sumptuous work filled with a deliciously wrapped center—perfect for classrooms, school, public, or church libraries, or home: wherever hearts go for mending. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
When the chaos of life threatens to overtake your soul, a simple psalm can soothe you. 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 >