Search Results: "Fiona French"


BOOK REVIEW

BETHLEHEM by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This would be a beautiful addition to a holiday collection, and an excellent introduction to the purpose of stained-glass windows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
French (The Glass Garden, not reviewed, etc.), already known for her use of brilliant and bold colors, this time surpasses herself in a wonderful example of the storytelling role of stained-glass windows. Read full book review >

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LITTLE INCHKIN by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Gorgeous. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An old tale in sumptuous new clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANANCY AND MR. DRY-BONE by Fiona French
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A thoughtful, entertaining story in a unique, richly imaginative visual setting. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A Greenaway medalist noted for offbeat stories as well as exciting graphics borrows from African and Caribbean folklore to spin her own tale. Mr. Dry-Bone, turned out fine in top hat and checked trousers, has a flat, white face—not scary but clearly a skull. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC VASE by Fiona French
FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1991

"The message demands an audience mature enough to understand that works of art may have fabulous monetary value; the flamboyantly handsome illustrations, with their two adult characters, make it appropriate for older children or even adults. (Picture book. 7+)"
A Greenaway medalist noted for her dramatic use of design contrives a sophisticated fable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORD OF THE ANIMALS by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Arresting. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
French (Little Inchkin, 1994, etc.) has created a visual treat, based on a Miwok myth. Read full book review >

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KING OF ANOTHER COUNTRY by Fiona French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unusually handsome. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Greenaway medalist known for her striking graphic effects (Snow White in New York, 1986) adopts an African setting and motifs for her latest fable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EASTER by Fiona French
by Fiona French, illustrated by Fiona French
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Excellent for Christian children and lucid enough for those interested in the beliefs of others. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
In a sequel to her earlier Bethlehem (2001), Greenaway Medalist French has created a powerful pictorial rendition of the Easter story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEPI AND THE SECRET NAMES by Jill Paton Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"The stylized illustrations are imitations of Egyptian tomb paintings; enclosed in elaborate decorative borders, they depict miniature people and enormous animals sprawled out across intricately detailed spreads. (Picture book. 6+)"
Paton Walsh (Matthew and the Sea Singer, 1993, etc.) skillfully synthesizes scary situations, comic twists, and the secret code in an exotic setting radiating from the past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON TAKES A WIFE by Walter Dean Myers
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 10, 1972

"A mismatch in every respect."
It's evident from the start of this pointless intercultural hocus-pocus that Harry the lonely dragon is a real loser: in order to win a wife he must defeat a knight in battle, but Harry can't fight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ANIMALS REALLY LIKE by Fiona Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDING HEIDI by Fiona Woodcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lovely, inventive take on learning to give and take, for older preschoolers and young grade schoolers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl has a big talent—blending into the background. Is it fun for all? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEVER WERES by Fiona Smyth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Despite earnest undertones a richly imagined and capably carried-out thriller. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
Three of Earth's last teenagers discover a long-hidden escape route for humanity in this suspenseful future tale, a solo debut for Smyth. Read full book review >