Search Results: "Diana Allan"


BOOK REVIEW

REFUGEES OF THE REVOLUTION by Diana Allan
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"Deeply conscious of its 'solidarity rhetoric,' this valuable study provokes essential questions about the conflicted Palestinian identity in exile."
A stern look at how the crippling effects of material deprivation have ground down the will of the Palestinians in Lebanese exile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIN LIZZIE by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2008

"This frank appraisal of the auto's appeal, and its ultimate cost, will definitely set children to thinking. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Bolstered by teeming galleries of cars old and new, Drummond both pays tribute to Henry Ford's Model T (a century old this year) and issues a challenge to readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN by Nicholas Allan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"When a stray puppy comes to live with the girl, she tries to give it a little heaven on earth, but readers may already have gone on to the more congenial version of paradise found in Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Most books about the death of a pet are solemn and carefully worded, but Allan (Jesus' Christmas Party, 1992, etc.) treats the subject in a decidedly different manner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESUS' CHRISTMAS PARTY by Nicholas Allan
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 3+)"
``There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night's sleep,'' begins this amusing account of the Blessed Event from his point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the message is clear: An initially unconcerned community banded together and took steps that led to their current fame as a model of environmental action; we other residents of the island that is planet Earth can do that, too. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
An unidentified local inhabitant describes the process and some of the people responsible for the recent transformation of the Danish island of Samsø to energy self-sufficiency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILLOW PATTERN STORY by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A charmed work, told with conviction and a sure hand. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Told with restraint and ease, this book is about a romantic legend that haunts the ubiquitous pottery design. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN CITY by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Designed to be a companion to the author/illustrator's Energy Island (2011), this will be equally welcomed in school and public libraries. (source notes) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
After a severe storm called a supercell destroyed the community of Greensburg, Kansas, residents banded together to rebuild in ways that would be sustainable and storm-proof. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE POTATO by Diana Pomeroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Odds are that young readers will stampede kitchenward on a potato raid! (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
Subtitled "A Counting Book of Potato Prints,'' Pomeroy's first book is a handsome one indeed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Any offering that purports to explain 'the facts of life,' as its jacket copy boasts, but dodges that critical question, does both children and their hapless parents a real disservice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willy is an enterprising little sperm, if a little on the numb side when it comes to arithmetic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRD by Nicholas Allan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Allan plays the excreta for laughs, but mixing it with even indirect biblical references—and without the saving grace of originality or real humor—is sure to offend somebody, somewhere. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A twist on the tale of Noah, irreverently told and catering, in the depiction of quantities of feces, to the tired trend of grossness. ``There were no animals or people on the island, so the hermit had it all to himself,'' the story opens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FLYERS by Allan Drummond
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2003

"The breezy illustration style makes this soar, creating an airy sensation that is whimsical while providing a context for the momentous event and its impact on the future. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An inventive and intriguing approach narrates the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 2003. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >