Search Results: "Cornelius Van Wright"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN AN ALIEN MEETS A SWAMP MONSTER by Cornelius Van Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Total laugh-out-loud joy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
First impressions based on wild speculation and leaps of imagination can be misleading, but fun and friendship can result. Read full book review >

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BUCKY AND STU VS. THE MIKANIKAL MAN by Cornelius Van Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Young superhero wannabes will be shouting 'Wonk 'em!' in no time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Saving the planet's easy when your rivals are only powered by imagination. Can these heroes handle a real nemesis? Read full book review >

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NOBODY ASKED THE PEA by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"Not for young children, but good fun for middle-grade fans of fractured fairy tales as well as highly useful in classrooms. (Picture book. 8-12)"
An extraordinarily arch and campy version of "The Princess and the Pea" is told from multiple points of view. Read full book review >

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BOOKS AND BRICKS by Sindiwe Magona
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Written to express the power of claiming an ownership of one's education and the bonds of community, the narrative fails to live up to what it teaches by reducing and erasing when more hard work and commitment were needed. (glossary, maps, bio of Nelson Mandela) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this fictionalized story of community organizing and uplift, nonwhite South African families band together to make their community school a place where students feel safe, cared for, and encouraged to awaken their dreams. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS GRACE by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Just right. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Grace longs to be chosen to be a princess in the town parade. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

Sticking closely to historical records and current scholarship, Pringle follows up Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland's Adventures with Lewis and Clark (2002) with this handsome tribute to Clark's near-lifelong companion and slave. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The result is not seamless when read in one sitting, but the author maintains a storyteller's pace and penchant for exaggeration until the tales humorously blur the lines between what is fable and what is true. (b&w illustrations, notes, not seen) (Short stories. 8-12)"
Tate (Front Porch Stories at the One Room School, 1992, etc.) celebrates African-American storytelling and small-town life in a collection of seven funny, folksy tales spun around proverbs, e.g., ``Big Things Come in Small Packages,'' and ``Slow and Steady Wins the Race.'' Exaggerated characters—ranging from a fish-finding basset hound and Bron Kitis, the Hand Fish King of Nutbrush County, Missouri, to Taneshia and Sudsey in their high-flying search for a boyfriend—have a folkloric, larger-than-life appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Kudos for the effort, but a more illuminating text and more suitable illustrations would have made this a much better title. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Florence Mills, dancer and singer, was the sweetheart of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCE Y’ALL by Bettye Stroud
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A quiet story useful for children dealing with fear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Jack Henry is excited that his kinfolk are coming to celebrate the harvest, but he's seen a coach-whip snake in the barn, where he and his cousin will be spending the night to make room for the company. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her coverage of each person is so brief that this won't be useful for reports, but it might be used as a browser by students, or for teachers to introduce a unit. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Still, it's a start. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Josh Gibson was sometimes known as the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >