Search Results: "David Parkins"


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 >

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THE INSIDE TREE by Linda Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Potter's noodlehead behavior will have kids anticipating and groaning throughout. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Potter lives a cozy life in his little house, enjoying tea by the fire and looking out at a fine tree in his yard, underneath which his dog sleeps. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF OLD BO BEAR by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"With prankish charm, Schertle and Parkins cleverly herald the delights of imaginative play. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mama insists that Old Bo Bear is "World Class Dirty" and so tosses him into the washer. 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 >

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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

PRINCE FOR A PRINCESS by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Satisfying big-dog-meets-little-girl story. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Christina gets her wish for a dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING UP! by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Not much for school-report fodder, but in the annals of American invention, Otis definitely rates the attention this profile (the first separate one for young readers since the 1970s) brings him. (Picture books/biography. 6-8)"
A buoyant if free-wheeling tribute to Otis—inventor not of elevators themselves, but of a safety brake that eased public fears of riding in them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT CAT CAN’T STAY by Thad Krasnesky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Not a keeper. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's nothing cats love more than someone who doesn't love them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The most riveting retelling yet of this ancient, ageless tale. (introductory note) (Folktale. 10-14)"
McCaughrean turns in a robust, exciting rendition of the world's oldest written epic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S BURGESS? by Laurie Elmquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A gentle, realistic early chapter book. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Nine-year-old Reece copes with loss: his parents have separated, and his pet frog, Burgess, has disappeared. Read full book review >

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EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"2005). (Fiction. 9-11)"
Platt takes readers back more than 1,500 years, for a look at ancient Egyptian life from the point of view of a young scribe-in-training. Read full book review >

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AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"The motifs are familiar, the execution has life and wit, and the overall effect is captivating. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the stylized voice of a storyteller, replete with old-fashioned comparisons and idiosyncratic syntax, Root (Contrary Bear, 1996, etc.) tells of Aunt Nancy's triumph over Old Man Trouble by pretending that all the bad luck he sends her way are really blessings. Read full book review >