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

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SILVER MORNING by Susan Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Christiana's watercolor artwork is softly focused, but sharp lines define the setting and neatly skirt mawkishness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Pearson's story is all atmosphere, and the mood is indigo. 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 >