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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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 >

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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 >

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THE STORY OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"There is one of Bryan's uniquely vibrant, swirling, light-filled paintings on every page. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful adaptation of a Nigerian folktale about "Ma Sheep Thunder" and her "Son Ram Lightning," who live in a village where the people rely on them to call their friend Rain down from the clouds over the mountain. Read full book review >

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SING TO THE SUN by Ashley  Bryan
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"There are some poignant moments here, and some intriguing thoughts, but these poems are most notable for their rhythmic, musical language—and as a foil for the lyrically decorative art. (Poetry/Picture book. 8+)"
Twenty-three short poems celebrating family, animals, flowers, and music, many of them alluding to a tropical island setting. Read full book review >