Search Results: "Dieter Schlesak"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRUGGIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Dieter Schlesak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2011

"Difficult to stomach in its encyclopedic panoply of horror, but effective in its visceral recall of a present not so far removed from this waking nightmare."
An exhaustive, dialogic novel of Auschwitz, centering on the role and trial for war crimes of the real-life Victor Capesius, a pharmaceutical-company representative who became SS pharmacist and, despite friendships with Jews and being himself half Jewish, selected victims for the gas chamber and profited from their gold. Read full book review >

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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Dieter Wiesmüller
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

"At the very end, the text accompanying a human eye gently brings home the worthy message, 'You walk through the world, master of all you see, but don't be blind to the bounty around you.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fresh approach to giving children an appreciation for the natural world is beautifully illustrated in transparent and opaque tempera paint. Read full book review >

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MAURY AND THE NIGHTPIRATES by Dieter Wiesmüller
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

In a dream adventure, a boy voyages through the air in a ship with a girl, a rat, and a parrot to trick pirates of their stolen treasure: books of pirate lore and stories. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"An optimistically levelheaded book about actually dealing with global warming."
A serious attempt to address climate change: "why it matters, what causes [it], and who is responsible." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD ANIMALS OF THE NORTH by Dieter Braun
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Amazing art makes this a browser's delight, but they should go elsewhere for solid information. (Picture book. 5-12)"
An oversized album of 80 common and lesser-known wild animals from three northern-hemisphere continents, identified by common and Latin names. Read full book review >

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THERE IS A CROCODILE UNDER MY BED by Ingrid Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"A deftly upbeat encounter that should go a long way toward quelling any nascent nighttime anxieties. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Far from being frightened, a small child is utterly delighted to find a green, toothy monster under her bed. Read full book review >

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WILD ANIMALS OF THE SOUTH by Dieter Braun
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"An impressive display of wonders in the animal world, a treat for browsers. (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
This companion to Wild Animals of the North (2016) portrays 88 common and lesser-known wild animals native to the Southern Hemisphere. Read full book review >

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HAMMER SOUP by Ingrid Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Beautiful soup. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Schuberts dish up a nourishing broth, using "Stone Soup" and "Grasshopper and the Ants" as main ingredients. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"The pleasant watercolors portray the animals appealingly and provide much to keep the eyes engaged: creatures peeking out from the foliage, a spider clinging to a tendril, and evidence of Beaver's lumberjack activities will maintain interest for multiple readings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The characters from previous Schubert picture books (Beaver's Lodge, not reviewed, etc.) return for a new version of an old story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPHELIA by Dieter Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 2009

"But the ending explanation—'He was just a little nervous about being in love'—is nothing if not a letdown and will likely leave readers feeling cheated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Entirely winning illustrations and a folktale-like plot are brought low by a lackluster, if unobjectionable, ending. Read full book review >

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ABRACADABRA by Ingrid Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1997

"Children will have fun figuring out whose misplaced body parts belong to whom, and the endpapers offer clues to Macrobius's bewitchment. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A bear with a pig snout? Read full book review >