Search Results: "Carl Sandburg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUCKABUCK FAMILY by Carl Sandburg
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Small's characteristically whimsical drawings are full of funny details, and far outshine this slight American fairy tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a picture book subtitled "And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back," it's clear that the passage of time hasn't been kind to Sandburg's Huckabuck family; what was heralded as outrageously original in the 1920s is now simply silly. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"It's an odd production; Sandburg's sentiments and Lobel's heart and color sense are certainly all in the right place, but the result (with the book's title appearing on the back of the jacket) is fussy and bewildering. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
In this poem, a near-abstract thing is given, the aurora borealis, to the writer's love, ``stretching high into the sky, that fine big stack of shimmering swimmering lights, that good old reliable aurora borealis.'' Lobel's interpretation owes something to Cooper Edens's If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, portraying the poetic lines literally so that the light show is depicted as a pile of bladders of color delivered to a woman's doorstep. Read full book review >

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NEVER KICK A SLIPPER AT THE MOON by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A big swing at charm and whimsy but, regrettably, a miss. (biographical note on Carl Sandburg) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sandburg's "Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon," which originally appeared in his Rootabaga Stories (1922), is given new life in a picture-book edition. Read full book review >

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GRASSROOTS by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"An ode to a place, and a worthy introduction to Sandburg's poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Minor's signature watercolors, limpid and bright, make a visual hymn to the Midwest and thereby echo the poems of Carl Sandburg. Read full book review >

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FROM DAYBREAK TO GOOD NIGHT by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It's just a sip of Sandburg, but a rich one, and an old but outstanding collection, Rainbows Are Made (1982), is waiting in the wings for children drawn to his distinctive voice and sensibility. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Smith-Ary makes this skimpy but thoughtful introduction to Sandburg's poetry a personal one, both by folding in two poems by other poets, and by illustrating the selections with scenes of the white-haired Sandburg happily entertaining a visiting group of children—plus an occasional zebra—on the North Carolina farm where he spent the latter years of his life. Read full book review >

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MORE ROOTABAGAS by Carl Sandburg
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Splendid in every way. (Fiction. 4+)"
Three volumes of the "American fairy tales" the poet called "Rootabaga Stories" were published between 1922 and 1930; later, according to an introduction by Sandburg scholar George Hendrick, he wrote dozens more that have never been published. Read full book review >

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SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A must-read for any parent frustrated or heartbroken over their child's difficulties striking out on their own."
Parenting expert and therapist Pickhardt (Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth About the Pre-Teen Years, 2010, etc.) tackles the issue of recently graduated students failing in the "real world" and provides suggestions on how concerned parents can help. Read full book review >

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THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE MOTIVE by JoAnna Carl
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The latest in Carl's long string of chocoholic mysteries (The Chocolate Cupid Killings, 2009, etc.), complete with chocolate trivia and a recipe, keeps you guessing all the way to the end."
A chance encounter in a supermarket involves a member of a Michigan chocolate-making family in murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1993

"An illuminative briefing on a little-known but invaluable source of intelligence during WW II. (Maps, photos, and tabular material—some seen.)"
One of Washington's key sources of information on Hitler's designs during WW II was Japan's ambassador to Germany, General Hiroshi Oshima. Read full book review >