Search Results: "Doug Franck Wolf"


BOOK REVIEW

WANGARI MAATHAI by Franck Prévot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This slim but emphatic biography stands out among others about Wangari Maathai with its well-crafted treatment of political issues. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Wangari Maathai's biographical details, including, of course, her creation of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, are explicitly linked to feminist and human rights issues during her lifetime in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOBY GOES BANANAS by Franck Girard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"The jokes will be new to the target audience, and they will likely want more after they've been released from timeout for acting like Toby. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Toby, an 8-year-old white boy, fancies himself quite the comedian…most disagree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY RUSSIAN LOVE by Dan Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Chalk up another hit for the formula writers."
Following the success of his debut novel, Separation (1994), a large bestseller in France, Franck has chosen to continue in a similar vein, simply substituting for that story's anguished images of a failing marriage the exquisite, excruciating memories of a perfect first love nipped in the bud. Read full book review >

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THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART by Julia Franck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Franck's impressionistic style and empathy encourage fresh responses to familiar subject matter—fine, disturbing, memorable work."
Darkness engulfs a family and a nation, in a psychologically acute addition to the literature of Germany's downfall; the book was an international bestseller and won the German Book Prize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGMARES by Cushman Doug
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARDBOARD by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Utterly brilliant.(Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)"
An out-of-the-box story of golems, guys and guts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOMMY, PICK ME UP by Soledad Bravi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Not one to pick up. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This French import delivers a child's litany of requests to Mommy but doesn't offer much of a story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The volume's size may intimidate some readers, but this is a must for libraries, a treasure for classrooms. (expedition miscellany, bibliography, Internet resources, glossary) (Fiction. 10+)"
In the flood of volumes marking the bicentennial of the epic journey, Wolf manages something fresh and alive—a mammoth novel of poetic narratives in 14 voices that treats the trek to the Pacific and back as a drama of many players, many voices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Wading through a sticky swamp of jargon, readers will here and there find a flower of insight."
Wolf (Child Development/Tufts Univ.) rehearses the history of reading, reviews the latest research in what our brains are doing while we read and summarizes what's known about the complexities of reading, including causes of and remedies for dyslexia. Read full book review >