Search Results: "Don LePan"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS by Don LePan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2010

"An awkward hybrid, with an overly oblique message, but it has its moments."
Cannibalism is standard First World practice in this debut novel, a futuristic satire whose target is today's factory farming. Read full book review >

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POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Despite the book's clarity, many young listeners still may not understand the enormity of the enterprise or its importance in U.S. history (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Brown brings to life a complex undertaking that had important repercussions, though his early-elementary audience may not be quite ready for it. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"These suspenseful and fast-paced nonfiction selections provide arresting snapshots of history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The Titanic's fateful maiden voyage receives a riveting review in Brown's latest work. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"This glimmer of the future inventor in his youth—sprinkled with quotations from Edison himself—may inspire a few daydreamers to get to work. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Thomas Edison's mother yanked him out of school when his teacher called her forever-daydreaming son "addled." Read full book review >

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MACK MADE MOVIES by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2003

"Columba, for a remarkable story time about books and movies. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Brown (Far Beyond the Garden Gate, 2002, etc.) moves forthrightly into more words and more detailed images in this picture-book biography of filmmaker Mack Sennett. Read full book review >

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UNCOMMON TRAVELER by Don Brown
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The figures are sketched with just enough line to keep them anchored, as we see Kingsley bat a crocodile on the snout, cross a ravine on a slippery log, and bathe in a starlit lake. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Brown has created a companion piece to his Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries (1999) by profiling yet another fascinating and relatively unknown 19th-century British woman. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN’S ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Short biographies of each of the musicians are included at the end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grandpa Jack is a bit shy when he first arrives in Heaven, which, appropriately for a jazz fan like himself, takes the form of a Cotton Club peopled with jazz legends whose music Grandpa loved so much in life. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"He effortlessly imbues a small, appealing package with a lot of information, and a little inspiration besides. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Anning's life has proven irresistible for picture-book creators in recent months, with Catherine Brighton's The Fossil Girl (p. 627) and Laurence Anholt's Stone Girl, Bone Girl (p. 62) among the entries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREGORY’S SHADOW by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"There aren't many successful picture books about either Groundhog Day or shadows in general, so larger public- and school-library collections will want to give Gregory (and Shadow) a home next to Corduroy, Dandelion, and Beady Bear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freeman's talents in Corduroy (1968) earned his beloved bear a permanent place on the shelf of favorite storytime characters. Read full book review >

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GOODWIN THE GOAT by Don Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Definitely a work in progress—particularly next to the painterly chaos in David Wiesner's Art & Max (2010) and Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (2005). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A never-before-published tidbit from the archives of Corduroy's creator, featuring a goat that gets into an artist's paint box. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Suitable for avid younger historians and older reluctant readers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Traditional journalistic questions are applied to Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, as well as the roundup and executions of John Wilkes Booth and his associates. Read full book review >