Search Results: "Erin McGuire"


BOOK REVIEW

JELLY BEAN by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Pet lovers will enjoy this brief, quietly attractive series opener. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Although second-grader Suzannah loves pets, she can't have one in her apartment, so the new Shelter Pet Squad sounds like the perfect alternative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"This adequate but unnecessary new version could be left sleeping on the shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This version of the oft-told story opens with a fusty philosophical frontispiece: "Many see Time as a friend, and many see Time as a foe. But for a sleeping beauty, Time was a promise." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"More than just a good story, this will appeal to lovers of Cornelia Funke as well as Andersen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this contemporary version of The Snow Queen, fifth-grader Hazel embarks on a memorable journey into the Minnesota woods to find her best friend Jack, who vanishes after a shard of glass pierces his eye. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALABAMA SPITFIRE by Bethany Hegedus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A well-intentioned effort that might not connect with its intended audience. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A scrappy young white girl from tiny Monroeville, Alabama, grows up to write the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY FOR GOOD by Susan Patron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Lucky's fans will be overjoyed to see her safely on the way to junior high, though some might miss Matt Phelan's art. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lucky and the other 42 residents of Hard Pan return in this second sequel to the Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A good pick for fairy-tale fans, especially those battling their own fears. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
An isolated, insecure orphan living in magical Aletheia becomes a "real boy" when his ordered world crumbles and he must rely on himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRENCH DUCKS IN VENICE by Garret Freymann-Weyr
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A splendidly illustrated but somewhat awkwardly spun tale of inner strength found when love is lost. (Illustrated fiction. 9-14)"
Preteens weaned on Disney princesses may swoon for this melancholy modern fairy tale starring the lovely Russian dressmaker Polina Panova who is neither a French duck nor from Venice, Italy, as the title suggests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORANGE BOOK by Richard McGuire
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Recently chosen for a Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators, an offbeat counting book to amuse and educate the eye. (Picture book. 3+)"
In authoritatively drawn illustrations that might have been devised as a showcase for the brash, sophisticated style associated with The New Yorker (exemplified on its annually repeated cover), 14 oranges from a single tree go their separate ways—to a lunch room, juggling act, marmalade factory, construction crew, etc.—all providing opportunities to display techniques of representing settings, perspectives, and, especially, classic caricatures, including six students doing a still life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BOOK? by Richard McGuire
Released: March 1, 1997

"The illustrations are dandy, with compositions that must be pored over even though they never intertwine with the text; this is a collection of intriguing pictures rather than story carried and complemented by images. (Picture book. 5+)"
McGuire (What Goes Around Comes Around, 1995, etc.) sweeps out his graphic arts playhouse for a scrapbook of conundrums, collages, and shadow plays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE by Richard McGuire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A gorgeous symphony."
Illustrator McGuire (What's Wrong With This Book, 1997, etc.) once again frames a fixed space across the millennia.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALIANT by Sarah McGuire
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A charming, satisfying first novel. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this retelling of "The Brave Little Tailor," a young woman comes to the rescue of a city that's besieged by giants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT BECOMES DAY by Richard McGuire
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unusual and amusing, but don't look too deeply. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Day becomes night, actually, in this strange game of word association by McGuire (The Orange Book, 1992). Read full book review >