Search Results: "Dale Gottlieb"


BOOK REVIEW

WHERE JAMAICA GO? by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gottlieb uses her usual loose lines and bright colors to give this saucy piece plenty of bump and oomph. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A day in the life of a Caribbean girl is told by Gottlieb (Seeing Eye Willie, 1992, etc.) through three quick stories written in rhyme. Read full book review >

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MS. SNEED'S GUIDE TO HYGIENE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While some spreads are more effective than others, this is an eye-catching approach to a potentially dull topic. (Pop-up. 3-8)"
An off-the-wall approach to hygiene that puts its message across via the funnybone. Ms. Sneed, with turquoise glasses and a wild spout of hair, talks about ordinary topics such as dental care and hair-washing in a snappy, rhythmic vernacular designed to make listeners to sit up and take notice. Read full book review >

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SEEING EYE WILLIE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"This imaginary story is childlike, but it doesn't advance understanding of Willie's plight, and the implicit conclusion—that speculation is fruitless and could be unkind—is disturbingly at odds with the elaborate fantasy, which takes up more than half the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another flawed attempt to deal with children's concerns about the homeless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I GOT A FAMILY by Melrose Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
A child describes her family of six—from Great-Gran to the cat—in engagingly informal compact verse: ``I got an Uncle, loves me wishin'./He's got a special place for fishin',/Says that he's shared it just with me!/Hunkerin' under his willow tree/Right where the riverbed meets the streams,/We bait our gear and cast our dreams.'' Each six-line verse deftly sketches a character and an entire relationship, neatly encapsulated in a key word at the end of the first line, whether it's ``Brother, loves me hard,/ roughhousin'...'' or ``Mamma, loves me sewin'/Keeps all the hems in my dresses growin'...Wraps me in comfort all year through.'' The whole family is beautifully summed up in a last verse, concluding: ``I got a heart that loves `em back!'' Gottlieb's bright, bold illustrations—a few broad, rough black lines define vibrant areas of solid color—make a classy complement to the freshness and power of Cooper's joyful imagery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKAL'S FLYING LESSON by Verna Aardema
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"Stick with Gerald McDermott's Coyote or Tololwa Mollel's Flying Tortoise (both 1994). (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)"
A sly jackal gets his comeuppance in this bland tale from southwest Africa. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS CAROL by Sara Teasdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An attractive addition for the Christmas shelf. (Poetry/Picture book. 2-7)"
Gottlieb's boldly contemporary art (see Melrose Cooper's I've Got a Family, p. 719) pairs surprisingly well with Teasdale's verse (c. 1937); though traditional in form, her poem has a concise directness and energy that match the artist's simple forms, broad lines of rough black, and assertive colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATERMELON DAY by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Gottlieb's childlike, fiercely two-dimensional illustrations do the story justice, in oil pastels that richly convey the torpor of a summer day and the sticky juices of the melon when it's finally cracked open. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Patience, patience. Read full book review >

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I GOT COMMUNITY by Melrose Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Vibrant, Matisse-like illustrations are lively and appealing; Gottlieb uses broad black angular lines to define subjects and settings, eliminates or simplifies the details, and juxtaposes vivid colors. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The idea of community can be abstract to young readers, and while books on the subject are both needed and welcome, this one has the textual flaws to make it an additional purchase. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOW YOU SEE HIM by Eli Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Sensational revelations arrive too late to enliven a smoothly written but sluggish and morose tale."
A midlife crisis in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"One might quibble with some of his choices of specific pieces, and there ought to be more than one entry from Lees, but this is a good introductory collection for the beginning jazz reader, and for the real aficionado, a nice smorgasbord to be dipped into at leisure. (Author tour)"
Jazz, like baseball, is an American cultural phenomenon and, like its sporting counterpart, has inspired a wealth of great writing. Read full book review >

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AVID READER by Robert Gottlieb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For lovers of literature and devotees of the New Yorker, this memoir is likely to prove endlessly captivating."
The longtime editor at Simon & Schuster, Knopf, and the New Yorker thankfully breaks his vow to never write a memoir. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A great choice for anyone who has ever wondered what life is like for the families who surround, support and are overshadowed by great historical figures."
A look into the lives of Charles Dickens' family, particularly the children, from former New Yorker and Knopf editor Gottlieb (Lives and Letters, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >