Search Results: "Eric Kimmel"


BOOK REVIEW

A HORN FOR LOUIS by Eric Kimmel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

Kimmel embroiders one of the several contradictory anecdotes Louis Armstrong told about how he got his first horn into a warm Hanukkah tale with a whiff of old New Orleans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Amid heavy black lines are vividly colored areas, all against a deep aqua background, and filled with pattern and movement. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A saucy version of a traditional tale of the Chinese zodiac from the creators of Ten Suns (1998). Read full book review >

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SCARLETT AND SAM by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Lively and thought-provoking. (historical note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
While arguing over their role in a Passover Seder, twins Sam and Scarlett are whisked away to ancient Egypt on grandmother's magic carpet. Read full book review >

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SIMON AND THE BEAR by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Old World storytelling in a sparkling, novel setting—a delight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A polar bear, a brave boy and an early-20th-century shipwreck play equal roles in this Hanukkah story filled with its own set of miracles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Anyone who's ever driven across town for the perfect taco will understand the allure of the world's most entertaining tortilla. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfection can be dangerous, as restaurateurs Tía Lupe and Tío José discover when one of their delicious tortillas comes to life and runs away. Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH BEAR by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"The now-classic tale's humor still fosters eye-rolling laughter, with Wohnoutka's illustrations as rib-tickling complement. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A well-used trope of misidentification allows a village elder to innocently open her home to a possible predator with humorous, even endearing results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOBY DICK by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"For a bare-bones retelling of the original's plot, this has no equal. Just don't expect any more than that. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Melville's classic gets a lush, if wildly oversimplified, retelling under its author's generally sure hand. Read full book review >

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THE FISHERMAN AND THE TURTLE by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"This welcome variant is well-suited to reading aloud, discussion and comparison. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The Grimms' familiar tale of "The Fisherman and His Wife" gets an Aztec setting enhanced by Mexican artist Avilés's simple, cheerful illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE CABRITOS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Any political implications in this fresh, original take on the familiar tale are (surely) inadvertent, and would go over the heads of younger readers anyway. (end note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
Kimmel sets his reworking of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" just north of the Rio Grande, sending caprine musicians Reynaldo, Orlando and Augustín tripping across the border to a fiesta in Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE TAMALES by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A flavorful addition to the folktale shelf that begs to be shared with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional "Three Little Pigs" gets a southwestern flavor in Kimmel's latest updated tale, a takeoff on his previous The Runaway Tortilla (2000), illustrated by Randy Cecil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SPOTLIGHT FOR HARRY by Eric A. Kimmel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Harry, though an historical figure, has just the right amount of ingenuity and adventurousness to appeal to modern readers and forward the timeless notion of keeping your eye on your dream. (author's note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the circus comes, Harry, son of the town's rabbi, is transfixed by the tightrope walker, who tops the show by hanging from his teeth. Read full book review >