Search Results: "Diane Dillon"


BOOK REVIEW

IF KIDS RAN THE WORLD by Diane Dillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Well-meaning but saccharine and didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Leo Dillon's last book with Diane Dillon imagines what the world would be like if children were in charge. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This is a gift book in the best sense, to be read often; if children don't respond immediately to its overall formality, they will surely find pages to pore over herein. (Picture book. 9+)"
The Dillons illustrate the familiar verses of Ecclesiastes in the King James version, one spread for every double-edged phrase, e.g., "a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Read full book review >

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MOTHER GOOSE: NUMBERS ON THE LOOSE by Leo Dillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Includes a brief note on the history and selection of the rhymes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Long-limbed numbers and letters, anthropomorphic insects, stalwart vegetables, inventively dressed animals and other unusual creatures join multiethnic humans in a cheerful march to the irresistible rhythm of Mother Goose in this selection of numerical nursery rhymes. Read full book review >

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JAZZ ON A SATURDAY NIGHT by Leo Dillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A CD (on which the authors introduce the instruments and a band and singer do the book's lyrics as a jazz tune) is included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The Dillons deliver their take on one of children's publishing trends du jour. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This jazzy introduction to an important contributor to American culture will entrance the youngest music and dance fans. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tribute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson captures the rhythm of the famous tap dancing he did all over the city: in the street, behind doors that were both open and closed to him, in crowds, in upscale neighborhoods as well as "the skids," in the park, and ultimately, on stage. Read full book review >

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MAMA SAYS by Rob D. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Still, cherish this for the sentiment and overall presentation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Flawed but still impressive, this illustrated collection of brief snippets of advice will particularly appeal to progressive parents eager to foster understanding and compassion in their children. Read full book review >

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"More polished than some of the fragmentary texts recently mined from Brown's archives, this combines soothing verbal and visual rhythms with a sense of mystery that will leave young readers or listeners spellbound. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Dillons create an eldritch world for this philosophical rhyme, which was first published 50 years ago with misguidedly twee art by Barbara Cooney. Read full book review >

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ONE WINTER’S NIGHT by John Herman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An old story, in an unusual setting. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this poetic Christmas Eve tale, Martha, a young cow about to give birth, seeks shelter, just as Joseph leads Mary, who's in the same condition, on the same quest. Read full book review >

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THE RACE OF THE GOLDEN APPLES by Claire Martin
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A handsome update of a grand story. (Mythology. 5+)"
Abandoned by her father because she's not a boy, the infant princess Atalanta becomes the protege of the goddess Diana and is raised by a bear, learning to outdistance all the forest creatures. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET RIVER by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Magical. (Picture book. 4-10)"
There are no fish left in the rivers and streams; hard times have come to the forest, and everyone is poor and hungry. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Though handsomely packaged, this pricey gathering won't draw or keep the interest of child readers or tellers. (Folktales. 8-11)"
From the creators of The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese (1997), a less ambitious outing: five tales from a workshop run by Norman (15 years ago), illustrated with art that tries to look like leaded stained glass. Read full book review >

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NORTHERN LULLABY by Nancy White Carlstrom
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Outstanding in every way; this stunningly handsome art already has a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. (Picture book. 2+)"
In gently cadenced verse, Carlstrom personifies features of the natural world and animals of the Far North as family members to whom a Native American child speaks: "Goodnight Grandma River/Frozen below/With lullaby ripples/of pale gleaming light...Goodnight Sister Owl/Quiet your cry,/Fold the night sky close/under dark feathers." Read full book review >