Search Results: "Ella Burfoot"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BAKE A BOOK by Ella Burfoot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"As the trend of picture books praising the codex continues, few will match the light tone, originality and quirkiness of this one. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Clever text and mixed-media artwork use the procedure of baking a cake as an obvious, comical metaphor for the process of creating a book. Read full book review >

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ELLA by Mallory Kasdan
by Mallory Kasdan, illustrated by Marcos Chin
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"For hipsters of all ages. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
An iconic picture book gets rebooted. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS DON'T CRY by Brett McKee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Cute, but fuzzy in its message, and not memorable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little Archie is very brave, but could it really be true that he never cries? Read full book review >

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ELLA FITZGERALD by Stuart Nicholson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"But his musical analyses enliven his language, and his treatment of his subject's human and musical strengths and weaknesses is well balanced."
The First Lady of Song is more than deserving of a full-length biography, and English musician-critic Nicholson (Jazz: The Modern Resurgence, not reviewed) is erudite and intelligent. Read full book review >

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ELLA FITZGERALD by Tanya Lee Stone
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Readers will come away knowing much more about jazz history than they would have expected and will find it hard to stop reading about this fascinating woman. (source notes, bibliography, index, author's note) (Biography. 11+)"
Explaining that the story of her subject's life was often filled with misinformation, Stone uses extensive resources to set the record straight. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Cool. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In this terrific picture-book biography, Scat Cat Monroe, a slick, fast-talking cat tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Scat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST ELLA by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This cleverly done book would make a good read-aloud for younger children, an addition to units on myth and fairy tales at the middle-school level, and will also entertain high school students—and lead them to Haddix's other, more contemporary works. (Fiction. 10-16)"
In the wake of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (1997) and such recent movies as Ever After, Haddix (Among the Hidden, 1998, etc.) has her own ideas about whether Cinderella really lived happily ever after. Read full book review >

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ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"This refreshing take on one of the world's most popular fairy tales preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female lead. (Fiction/folklore. 11-13)"
Levine plays her debut expansion of the Cinderella story as a straight—well, nearly straight—romance, sloughing off its layers of Freudian symbolism and creating a lively, stubborn heroine to keep the action tumbling along. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLA WHO? by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A slim storyline is enhanced by the detailed illustrations and the absurd behavior of adults who need a lesson in listening. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An elephant comes to play, but none of the adults realizes that anything is unusual. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Source notes; discography; bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
From her amateur debut at 16 (or possibly 14), Ella Fitzgerald has shown an ability to adapt to changes in fortune and musical taste, keeping her at or near the top of her profession for more than half a century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUSTICE FOR ELLA by Pam Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"A stunning story about everyday people combating a brutal history."
A riveting true story of courage and friendship in Jim Crow Mississippi. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"Ella tends to bring out the best in people, and she certainly brings it out in her owner: Whenever he finds himself drifting into the mawkish, the author takes a look at his dog and starts behaving himself. (Photos throughout)"
A highly convivial tour with dog, from Los Angeles freelancer Konik. Read full book review >