Search Results: "Chris Van Allsburg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MISADVENTURES OF SWEETIE PIE by Chris Van Allsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Save this one for non-animal lovers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture book about the difficult life of a pet hamster. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF THE FALLS by Chris Van Allsburg
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 4, 2011

"An odd, unsettling meditation on fame. (author's note, bibliography, list of barrel riders) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Darkly moody illustrations capture a daredevil's successful stunt. Read full book review >

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SWAN LAKE by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Sure to appeal to the carriage trade, this should also win a small following well beyond this year's fashionable popularity."
An elaborate expansion and transformation of the ballet, by the author of a critically acclaimed fantasy/novel for adults, A Winter's Tale (1983). Read full book review >

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PROBUDITI! by Chris Van Allsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2006

"Smaller siblings everywhere will applaud the elegant way she turns the tables on her big brother. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A rare outing from Van Allsburg, featuring as smooth a case of payback as ever was. Read full book review >

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ZATHURA by Chris Van Allsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

"Van Allsburg's imagination usually soars right along with his accomplished art—but here, both are just running in place. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A trite, knock-off sequel to Jumanji (1981). Read full book review >

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THE SWEETEST FIG by Chris Van Allsburg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Rather wickedly clever, but fun. (Picture book. 4+)"
Marcel has the misfortune of belonging to a totally self- absorbed, repressive, and humorless Parisian dentist—one M. Bibot—who is without compassion for his dog (first seen menaced by a disciplinary newspaper) or his patients: he smirks with sadistic pleasure while extracting a tooth and withholds a painkiller from one sufferer when she offers, in lieu of money, two figs that ``can make your dreams come true.'' Still, when his dream does come true after he eats one fig (it's mortifying—he finds himself in his underwear in the street, while the Eiffel Tower ``droop[s] over as if it were made of soft rubber''), Bibot is filled with greedy anticipation; he's determined to dream a dream that will make him ``the richest man on earth.'' But justice remains poetic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Engaging, with strokes of brilliance. (new and original introductions, author bios) (Fiction. 8-13)"
Fourteen award-winning authors craft stories to accompany the captioned pictures from Van Allsburg's 1984 enigma, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.Read full book review >

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THE WIDOW'S BROOM by Chris Van Allsburg
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 1992

"One of Van Allsburg's best: an intriguing, well-told tale with elegantly structured art, resonant with significance and lightened with sly humor. (Picture book. 5+)"
It's a witch's broom, but it's old and loses the power to fly, dumping its owner in the Widow Shaw's garden. Read full book review >

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THE WRETCHED STONE by Chris Van Allsburg
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Even so, a handsome setting for a valuable message, presented with some imagination and humor. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The two-time Caldecott winner continues the didactic vein of Just a Dream (1990). Read full book review >

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BAD DAY AT RIVERBEND by Chris Van Allsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The average bildungsroman accomplishes this kind of transition in several hundred pages; Van Allsburg does it in 32, and leaves the flower of children's bookmaking blooming in the desert town of Riverbend. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Riverbend is a tiny town in the heart of the Wild West where nothing interesting ever happens. Read full book review >

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THE VEIL OF SNOWS by Mark Helprin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As with the previous books, the language, imagery, and wit are aimed at sophisticated sensibilities; Helprin's bottomless imagination and Van Allsburg's monumental visual style create a collaboration that glitters with star quality. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The distinguished collaborators polish off a trilogy that began with Swan Lake (1989) and continued in A City in Winter (1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CITY IN WINTER by Mark Helprin
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"As this is framed as a memoir, the outcome is never in doubt; readers will take the most pleasure here not from the plot, but from the richly imagined details. (Fiction. 10+)"
Two great fantasists weave threads teased from their previous collaboration, Swan Lake (1989), into a stylish tale of loyalty and rebellion set in a city of Brobdingnagian proportions. Read full book review >