Search Results: "Carol Schwartz"


BOOK REVIEW

MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN by Terry Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A lovely literary and artistic rendering. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This action-filled cumulative rhyme deftly tells the story of a vibrant summer garden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT TO ANNIE by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Not a standout, but attractive and usable. (Picture book. 2-7)"
From the late poet, an unrhymed alphabet in which every line suggests the drowsy time before dreamland: ``Jugglers have put aside their jiggling, jouncing balls'' or ``Waves wash over the shore with a hush, shush, shhh....Xebecs are slowly sailing in the Mediterranean mist.'' The subjects aren't exceptional, but Schwartz depicts them with precision and affection, including a gently rounded capital letter in each carefully structured illustration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS IN THE SNOW by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Schwartz's sweetly rendered gouache paintings add to the old-fashioned style of the piece. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Another never-published manuscript from Brown (The Diggers, p. 464), who seems to be experiencing a minor renaissance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD FIBONACCI by Joy N. Hulme
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"It's an entirely novel way to present a very tricky idea, but it just doesn't add up quite right. (Picture book. 7+)"
The organizing principle of this unusual counting book is the mathematical Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.), which, when plotted on a graph, forms an "equiangular spiral"—a curve frequently found in nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER VISITORS by Elizabeth Lee O'Donnell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The marginal story makes clear its author has probably never been skunked, for the girl is serene only moments after the spray; the wild animals are greeting-card cuddly, poorly proportioned, and awkwardly posed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A treacly counting book in forced rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"An attractive and effective introduction to insect identification. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
This intriguing sampling of insects has several things going for it: crisp, bright illustrations rendered in accurate detail that makes spotting the specimens pointed out in the text especially satisfying; an easy conversational style describing some of their most interesting, or visible, characteristics; additional facts that make species memorable and pique continuing interest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIE AND UNCLE BILL by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Emerging readers will appreciate the feel of a chapter book, but this dynamic duo will surely be adored (and envied) by all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Uncle Bill visits, adventure is never far behind! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GLORIOUS DAY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A sensitive observer in top form, Schwartz has created a treasure of a tale that captures marvels in everyday life. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With perfect pitch and hilariously deadpan delivery, Schwartz follows a two- (or so) year-old through an ordinary, completely wonderful day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS I LEARNED IN SECOND GRADE by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When red-headed Andrew started second grade, he didn't know how to spell "should," subtract 348 from 411, write in cursive, or read a chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOME BABIES by Amy Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Very small children will love the lists, and somewhat older children will get a glimpse into the secret life of parenthood. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A wry and winsome reality infuses this anti-bedtime story, which sounds as though it could have been transcribed from life, only better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOYS TEAM by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Boys will probably like this, but it will leave little girls feeling like the last person to be picked for the softball game. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Schwartz (Some Babies, 2000, etc.) presents a first-person narrative of a trio of kindergarten-age boys who enjoy the tight, three-way friendship they call the "Boys Team." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMPER OF THE WEEK by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A real winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For the younger set, tough moral choices treated with respect and memorable humor. Read full book review >