Search Results: "Diane Bryan"


BOOK REVIEW

COUNT KARLSTEIN by Philip Pullman
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"It's whirlwind plotting, manipulated into a pulsing tale of darkened hearts, treachery, and at long last, redemption. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Using multiple narrators and expertly concocted cliffhangers, Pullman (The Subtle Knife, 1997, etc.) crafts a thrilling page-turner less violent than his Sally Lockhart adventures but no less breathlessly paced. Read full book review >

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LET IT SHINE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Incorporated into these final spreads with the music are concluding illustrations for every song, each focusing on a shining source of light. (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
An extra-large trim size, a vibrant palette and Bryan's glorious cut-paper collage illustrations add up to a marvelous interpretation of three traditional African-American spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Read full book review >

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ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY by Ashley  Bryan
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 30, 1991

"Note on the spirituals. (Nonfiction. 4+)"
Twenty splendid examples of spirituals are provided with simple arrangements by David Manning Thomas (guitar chords also included). Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2017: USENI E. PERKINS & BRYAN COLLIER
by Megan Labrise

“Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins is a rhythmic poem with a remarkable history.

Written as the capstone to Black Fairy, a play about the empowerment of a young black boy, it’s been recited by students as a morning pledge and misattributed to Maya Angelou and Countee Cullen.

In 2015, “Hey Black Child” went viral when precocious preschooler Pe’Tehn ...


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SEVEN IMPOSSIBLY GOOD BITS OF BOOK NEWS
by Julie Danielson

Is the news getting you down? Are you experiencing a bit of a summer slump? (Here in the South anyway we are halfway done with summer break.) Or just ennui in general? I’ll be the first to raise my hand and answer my own questions: yes to all of the above!

When this happens, I like to think about the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Still, the rolling language and appealing illustrations make this a must. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Blackbird shares his gifts with the birds of Africa in this colorful read-aloud. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT HAS EARS by Ashley  Bryan
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Every country boasts its own proverbs, but unless US children study a foreign language or live in a bilingual family, their exposure to these pithy sayings can be limited. Read full book review >

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CAN'T SCARE ME! by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This musical trickster breathes new life into an old tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's Anansi. It's Coyote. No, it's a boy wonder who knows no fear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TORNADO SLIM AND THE MAGIC COWBOY HAT by Bryan Langdo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An ebullient and refreshing venture Out West. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Colloquially told, with an epistolary twist, this Western tall tale of guileless cowboy Slim, who finds himself thrust into the role of a hero, packs a lot of charm. Read full book review >

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UPTOWN by Bryan Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Walter Dean Myers's poem Harlem (1997), illustrated in similar style by Christopher Myers, conveys a deeper sense of the African American community's history, but this makes an engagingly energetic once-over. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Collier debuts with a set of dazzling paint-and-photo collages paired to a child's tribute to his Harlem neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE DOG WHO LOVED THE GOOD LIFE by Bryan Langdo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Langdo's meltingly affectionate artwork, and the fact that Jake really does deserve his fate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jake is a cute and cuddly dog who believes his station in life is unbefitting. Read full book review >