Search Results: "Eric Velasquez"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RAIN STOMPER  by Addie Boswell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"TAT'-type sequences, Boswell nevertheless shows how the spirit can overcome a rained-on parade. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's the first day of spring, and Jazmin can't wait for the big parade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIM! by Marilyn  Brigham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Forced enthusiasm and confusing images sink this experience. (Board book. 1-3)"
This ho-hum dip in the pool skims the surface without wading in the deep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHAMPION by Jim Haskins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Both the magnetic, complex subject and young readers deserve better. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
On the heels of the film, a new picture-book biography of the boxing powerhouse accorded the title of "Athlete of the Century." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A THIRST FOR HOME by Christine Ieronimo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"This slim, sweet story will resonate particularly with children missing a previous home. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Adopted from Ethiopia, where water is precious and obtained from distant water holes, Eva Alemitu finds a connection with her homeland in sunshine and puddles in her new home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTIFUL MOON by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Prayer may seem like something from ancient history for many young children; this beautiful book brings prayer to the modern world and hauntingly shows just how needed it is. (Picture book/religious. 4-8)"
A young boy's prayer brings home to readers all the people who need prayers in our world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW SHOES by Susan Lynn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Highly recommended; both a revealing glimpse into one aspect of America's institutionalized racism and inspiration for kids to create their own change. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meyer and Velasquez offer a tale that sets two young victims of discrimination on a path of resistance through entrepreneurship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OL' CLIP-CLOP by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"This splendid 'jump story' is not for the faint of heart, but readers who relish edge-of-the-seat suspense done impeccably will be well-satisfied. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Storyteller McKissack crafts a spine-tingling tale set during colonial times about a greedy man who just may get the scare of his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AS FAST AS WORDS COULD FLY by Pamela M. Tuck
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A warm, if understated, title about the struggle for equality. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tribute to her father, Tuck's school desegregation story highlights an African-American boy's triumph in a typing tournament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA’S RECORDS by Eric  Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Although we can't hear Grandma's song, this heart-felt story has a melody of its own. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In his debut as an author, Velasquez, illustrator of The Sound That Jazz Makes (2000) tells an entertaining first-person story (presumably autobiographical) of an unnamed Puerto Rican boy in the '50s who spends every summer with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR BONGO by Eric  Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Darling. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little boy searches for his lost toy. Read full book review >