Search Results: "David Christiana"


BOOK REVIEW

A TOOTH FAIRY'S TALE by David Christiana
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Imaginative children will be fascinated by the playful manipulation of images in this fanciful, mysterious world. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Another dreamlike adventure from an inventive artist/punster (Drawer in a Drawer, 1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE NINETEENS by David Christiana
ANIMALS
Released: May 6, 1992

"Exquisitely designed and executed; wonderfully strange. (Picture book. 5+)"
Another intriguing visual extravaganza from the creator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST SNOW by David Christiana
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"While there are elements of fancy to which children will respond, this is a synthetic concoction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fable about the seasons, featuring a doll-like Mother Nature as a child who wants ``Summer to stay with her forever.'' The rebuffed Winter, a little boy, retreats, wondering why the little girl doesn't like him; urged by Aunt Arctica to win her over, he buries the little girl in fallen leaves and when she emerges into the cold, she freezes. ``Now you might think that Winter would have been delighted'' (at freezing a waif?), but he whips up a blanket from soft white crystals that fall from the sky ``like angel's tears.'' Young Mother Nature is warm enough to appreciate her first snowfall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL by David Christiana
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Includes the words and music for the hymn on the final page. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
The words to the familiar Christmas carol provide the text for this humorous view of a Christmas pageant with real animals being coerced into attendance around the manger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE by Susan Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A first-class heartwarmer, as poignant and joyful as Eve Bunting's December (1997) or any of Cynthia Rylant's holiday stories and made extra special by Christiana's powerful illustrations. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Intense, expressionistic illustrations give this spare tale of a Depression-era hobo and his daughter unusual depth of feeling. Read full book review >

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I AM THE MUMMY HEB-NEFERT by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A startling shot of a contemporary child underscores Heb-Nefert's dulcet lament in this compelling work. (Picture book. 6-11)"
From Bunting (On Call Back Mountain, p. 138, etc.), a remarkably succinct and knowing "autobiography" of a mummy that provides the essence of life in the Egypt of the pharaohs, and which is strikingly illustrated by Christiana (The First Snow, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD GRISELLE by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Told with language as precise — and illustrated with watercolors as delicate — as the 'miracles of lace' the heroine creates. (Fiction/Picture book. 7+)"
In old Paris, a wager is placed between stone angels standing tall on a cathedral wall and stone gargoyles squatting precariously on cathedral ledges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUSE BRIDE by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Christiana gives the enormous sun, cloud, and wind sympathetic human features; the tiny mouse, comically foreshortened and in her wedding gown, is heroically awkward to the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse, tired of being small and weak, decides to find herself the strongest husband in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET OF CASTLE CANT by K.P. Bath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"With its quirky medieval setting and unpretentious, underdog heroine, this story will appeal to young fans of that other popular orphan. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Barony of Cant is difficult to find on a map, usually hidden within the folds, but within this anachronistic land, which uses catapults and dungeons, but receives hand-me-down clothes from America, lives Lucy Wickwright. Read full book review >