Search Results: "Charlotte Riley-Webb"


BOOK REVIEW

AROUND OUR WAY ON NEIGHBORS' DAY by Tameka Fryer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A stronger choice for celebrating city summers and community is Ruth Forman's Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc (2007). (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Blue sky, no clouds, / Summer heat, side street, / Whirling, whizzing feet. / Everyone is out to play / Today, around our way." Read full book review >

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STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >

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SEED MAGIC by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"In the end, good intentions, bright colors, a gentle voice and an agreeable theme do not jell into a successful book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale about the quest for magic and beauty struggles to bring its various parts together, leaving only an impression of what the story might have been. Read full book review >

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RENT PARTY JAZZ by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Simply terrific. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Dignified and joyful illustrations underscore a story of a group of people who find themselves in dire economic straits yet rise above these limitations through their collective creative efforts. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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HITTING A HIGH NOTE
by Leila Roy

“But,” she went on, “remember. It’s the greatest strength to know your weaknesses. It just means you have a question to answer: How hard will you work to get what you want? And that’s the heart of it: from your career, from your time here, from everything, really—what do you want?”
I stayed quiet.
The world, I thought ...

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BOOK REVIEW

KING FLASHYPANTS AND THE EVIL EMPEROR by Andy Riley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"An agreeably fizzy series opener. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Evil Emperor Nurbison has his eye on the peaceful, neighboring kingdom of Edwinland. Read full book review >

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TANKA TANKA SKUNK! by Steve Webb
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"The amusing animal expressions, bright palette in summery shades, and hand-lettered text in bold black letters add to the overall appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Tanka the elephant and Skunka the skunk are the stars of this humorous animal-identification story that uses rhythm and rhyme to establish the concept of rhythmic beats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
Released: April 16, 2013

"Simple in style but complex in tone, this book raises troubling questions about the power of doomladen cults, and their leaders and followers."
The eponymous title refers to the daughters of Amaranth, the first wife (out of 50) of Zachariah, Messianic leader of a Doomsday cult. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 1996

"The result is essential for aficionados and basic homework for any critic."
An extended interview with the author of Interview with the Vampire (1976), etc., conducted by an old friend who wishes to display ``how much fun she is to talk to, how interesting and thoughtful, how candid, how honest and even brave.'' Though autobiography is touched on—Rice's Catholic girlhood, her rebellious early marriage to an atheistic poet, her daughter's death from leukemia, the disaffected return from San Francisco to funky New Orleans, her kind of town—the emphasis of these near- monologues is on Rice's fluctuating inner state and her emotional involvement with her work. Read full book review >

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MOUSE MESS by Linnea Riley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A tasty frolic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a mouse ventures out for a nighttime snack, he turns the kitchen into a midnight mess. Read full book review >