Search Results: "Elizabeth Spires"


BOOK REVIEW

I AM ARACHNE by Elizabeth Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2001

"Hard to say who the audience is, but kids who have memorized all the Hercules and Xena episodes might enjoy this. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Each of these episodes from Greek and Roman mythology is only a few pages long, each is told in the first person, and most of them have the whiny and dissatisfied voice of adolescence. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Feb. 2, 2009

"Teachers and librarians take note, though: There are no bells and whistles, only a quiet elegance born of respect and admiration. (author's note, resources) (Poetry. 12 and up)"
Born to freed slaves near Nashville circa 1870 and unschooled, Edmondson began sculpting in limestone in his late 50s. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE OF AMHERST by Elizabeth Spires
ANIMALS
Released: March 26, 1999

"It's also a strong advocate for the power of the written word, even in the absence of fame or speech, to communicate, to inspire friendships, and to stir the heart. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A mouse becomes the perfect poetic companion to the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in this heartfelt daydream from Spires (With One White Wing, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"An artful and accessible addition to the beginning reader domain. (Poetry. 5-9)"
Offering brain-teasers for the younger set, Spires and Blegvad follow up With One White Wing (1995) with 26 charming riddles. Read full book review >

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WITH ONE WHITE WING by Elizabeth Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Blegvad's gentle watercolors plant clues and false leads with a light touch. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The answers to Spires's poetic puzzlesone riddle per pageare easy to guess, but there's still a lot to linger over and reflect on in this quietly humorous collection. ``When you leave I get bored/and pretend I'm a room,'' says the mirror; the candle's ``life is as long as an evening''; trees ``have black bones and pale green flesh'' and a starfish can ``never see what I am named after.'' There's an egg that's hardboiled about being ``cracked and beaten'' and a mosquito whose buzz is not worse than his bite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BINKY by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Fans will be pleased (if sad to say goodbye), and new readers will beg for the indomitable space cat's earlier adventures. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Disaster on Binky's space station comes in the shape of "SUITCASES!" Read full book review >

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SMALL SAUL by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Charrrh-ming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Small Saul's in love with the sea. Read full book review >

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PENGUIN AND THE CUPCAKE by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The watercolor animals are based on Spires's finger-puppet line but have a laugh-out-loud charm all their own. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sticklers shouldn't get distressed when they see Penguin and Polar Bear and Walrus on the book jacket; they'll learn inside how animals who live so far apart can be in the same story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THING LOU COULDN'T DO by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"While it offers a valuable lesson, it's not a terribly eventful or memorable book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Try, try, and try again, even if you don't succeed. Read full book review >

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THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Making things is difficult work. Readers will recognize the stages of this young heroine's experience as she struggles to realize her vision. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BINKY TO THE RESCUE by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The muted palette and variety of panel shapes, sound effects, expressive characters and deadpan humor work in perfect rib-tickling harmony. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
Intrepid Space Cat Binky returns with another thrilling and dangerous adventure! Read full book review >

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OVER-SCHEDULED ANDREW by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"For children, a whimsical word of warning. For their parents, a pleasant surprise that this time they're not made out to be at fault. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Andrew's interests threaten to get the better of him in this tongue-in-cheek take on an all-too-common plight. Read full book review >