Search Results: "Eric A. Velasquez"


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 >

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A SEASON FOR MANGOES by Regina Hanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2005

"The story is as sweet as the mango that Nana savored. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Through this gentle story of a Jamaican "sit-up" for a beloved grandmother who has recently died, readers will learn much about the love of family, customs and foods in the Jamaican culture. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Eye-opening, exhilarating and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"Wendell Scott was in a hurry from day one." Read full book review >

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

OFF AND RUNNING by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lightweight. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Miata (The Skirt, 1992) is running for class president against Rudy and Alex (Boys at Work, 1995), but her campaign to beautify the school has less natural appeal than the boys' endearingly goofy promises of more recess and ice cream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS by Nikki Grimes
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Velasquez's striking, dramatic illustrations add to the personality of the characters, who are clearly of Middle Eastern ethnicity. (CD) (Picture book/religion. 6 & up)"
Grimes uses her talent as a poet to retell the Nativity story from several different viewpoints, each one a distinct voice with its own style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"This is a fascinating life laid out in clear writing that blends 16th-century history with his biography, as it combines wonderful historical and lush original art. (author's note, bibliography, quote and picture credits, glossary, discography) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Brewster introduces the multi-talented life of the man known to the French as Le Mozart Noir. Read full book review >