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 >

BOOK REVIEW

TEEDIE by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 20, 2009

"All in all, this is a spot-on introductory book for lower grades. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
The author/illustrator of many celebrated picture-book biographies (Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, 2007, etc.) turns his attention to the frail, timid boy who became our athletic youngest president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET TO WORK TRUCKS! by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Busy, bright, and fun, with lots of opportunities to insert big-engine noises. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Saturated paint that looks as though it was applied with a shovel—a shovel wielded with considerable dexterity, it should be mentioned—is laid on foam board and plaster to produce a visually joyous celebration of big equipment for young children just being introduced to the picture-book format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE GIANT LEAP by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The story has been told many times, but perhaps never with so much heart and spirit. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
From Brown (Alice Ramsay's Grand Adventure, 1997, etc.), a pithy look at one of the national heroes of the space age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >