Search Results: "Elizabeth R. Varon"


BOOK REVIEW

APPOMATTOX by Elizabeth R. Varon
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A careful, scholarly consideration of how the ambiguities surrounding the defeat of the South resolved into the bitter eras of Reconstruction and Jim Crow."
What exactly was the meaning of the surrender at Appomattox? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT DREAMS by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Witty and plaintive by turns, this is thoughtful, provocative pleasure. (Graphic novel. 8-14)"
A wordless graphic novel provides a plangent meditation on the nature of friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAKE SALE by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"An offbeat story about the sacrifices made for friends, about the very everydayness of such acts and the pitfalls and pleasures in their wake. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Varon returns with another strange and charming graphic work that touches on the theme of her terrific Robot Dreams (2007), namely: how fine friendship can be, and how surely it leads you down a twisty road of joys and melancholy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN AND CAT CLEAN UP by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A welcome second adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gone are the misgivings of city life found in Chicken and Cat (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEATERWEATHER by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Varon shows a knack for both verbal and visual storytelling, but this showcase is likely to be of more interest to confirmed fans and budding graphic artists than to general readers. (Graphic short stories. 8-11)"
The graphic novelist updates her first solo collection (2003) with additional art, commentary, and minicomics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN AND CAT by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"A fine, deceptively simple-looking start. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Artfully using color more than faces to show feeling, Varon debuts with a wordless, very simply drawn tale of a New York City chicken finding a way to make a feline visitor from the country more at home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Sock Monster by Stacey R. Campbell
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"An unexpected twist and wacky, well-rendered illustrations keep this simple picture book from skewing a bit preachy and dark, despite its clean-your-room lesson."
In this mildly scary, funny picture book, a mom's bedtime-story ploy encourages her little boy to clean up his messy room or risk attracting the attention of a hungry "sock monster." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESIDENT SQUID by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the tradition of great windbags, meet President—err, King Squid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An addlepated, snaggle-toothed, hot-pink giant squid decides to run for president. Sounds like a plan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"This clever celebration of individuality delights. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
A sublime tale of two strange ducks who overcome the odds—pun completely intended—and become friends. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

UP WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: High in the Sky

BFF Charm: Yay x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 1

Talky Talk: The Adventures of Black Dove and White Raven

Bonus Factors: Ethiopian History, Pilots

Relationship Status: Love You Like a Brother

 

Cover Story: High in the Sky

The cover is perfect for this book ...


Read the full post >

BLOG POST

AVIATRIXES
by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


Read the full post >