Search Results: "David Small"


BOOK REVIEW

ALONE by David Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"Long-winded but affecting."
An earnest and occasionally hair-raising record of emotional hopes and defeats in the life of an American middle-class male, from cradle to, maybe, his final reward in a happy marriage. Read full book review >

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RUBY MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by David Small
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Sensible message; good fun. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A satirical parable, buoyed up by delicious visual whimsy. Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S COWS by David Small
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Small (Ruby Mae Has Something to Say, 1992, etc.) may be on to a brand of you-were-there history that could yield some important understandings. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages)"
The night they drove poor George Washington into politics. Read full book review >

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GLAMOURPUSS by Sarah Weeks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Sophisticated vocabulary and pop-culture references may well fly over the heads of children, making this fizzy, exuberant entertainment a treat that is best shared by an adult with a penchant for screwball comedy. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lighthearted twist on the traditional antagonism between cats and dogs takes place in an over-the-top upper-crust world. Read full book review >

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CATCH THAT COOKIE! by Hallie Durand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Cute concept; uneven execution. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Some peripatetic gingerbread men make a believer of a skeptical grade schooler. Read full book review >

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THE QUIET PLACE by Sarah Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A warm, gentle portrait of an immigrant's isolation and the ways that creativity and a loving family can offer both a safe haven and a bridge. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As in Stewart and Small's previous The Gardener (1997) and The Journey (2001), letters to a loved one become the vehicle for a girl to explore what she sees, feels and comes to understand upon leaving home for the first time. Read full book review >

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THAT BOOK WOMAN by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Every line oozes character: The hound dog's ears flop like nobody's business, and Cal's face in the foreground displays every emotion as he moves from scowling suspicion to wonder. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Cal lives high in Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS SAYS GOODNIGHT by Naomi Howland
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2010

"There's no question it will infuse a bedtime routine with some fun, but it proves you can judge a book by its cover. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How would a little girl go to bed if she were a princess? Read full book review >

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ELSIE'S BIRD by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"This poignant and powerful picture book closes with an uplifting rising of prairie voices—music to Elsie's ears. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Elsie moves with her widowed father from bustling 19th-century Boston to the vast Nebraska plains, where she misses the hymns, play songs and hum of her Eastern city. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A BANANA by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

In a tour de force of visual sequencing captioned only by a set of rhyming street and shop signs, Small sets up a hilarious chain of events along a busy city street. Read full book review >

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FIGHTING WORDS by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 1992

Dale, on his toy-sized farm, glares across the river at Leda, who stands tall as a skyscraper in her city. Read full book review >

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HOOVER'S BRIDE by David Small
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"As usual, Small displays both sharp wit and a lively imagination, but this is flat next to his other books, which are mostly about the value of being different rather than its perils. (Picture book. 6-8)"
More rhymed foolery from Small (George Washington's Cows, 1994, etc.), with an ending that may seem cold-hearted to some, and subtexts that don't bear too much scrutiny. Read full book review >