Search Results: "Floella Benjamin"


BOOK REVIEW

SEA OF TEARS by Floella Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"An implausible novel not worth the sea salt of the title, despite the Caribbean setting and nod to island life. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Can a British teen overcome her bitterness at leaving London when her family moves to Barbados? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TWO GRANNIES by Floella Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Chamberlain's bright, childlike illustrations capture all three worlds and add a gently humorous touch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alvina loves her two grandmothers more than anything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TWO GRANDADS by Floella Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Cheery, brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations reiterate the text, which, while a touch didactic, laudably expands on the typically monocultural depictions of families in picture books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Benjamin and Chamberlain's picture book is squarely focused on family diversity as it tells the story of a biracial boy and his musical family in a companion to their earlier collaboration, My Two Grannies (2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKIP ACROSS THE OCEAN by Floella Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The bonus is the design of the endpapers, comprised of a riotous patchwork quilt of images. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
Exuberant childlike paintings glow and almost run away with this eclectic grouping of 32 nursery rhymes. Read full book review >

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SUSAN SONTAG
by Michael Valinsky

In her new short story collection, Debriefing, Susan Sontag showcases her incredible skill at drawing readers in through jarring narrative gestures, confusing character arcs, and an unremittingly flirtatious tendency to poke fun at the possibilities of the imagination. “As a young writer Sontag wasn’t interested in the more conventional kind of fiction that was based in scene-making. She was after ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BEAR'S SONG by Benjamin Chaud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This extraordinary picture book, first published in France as Une chanson d'ours (2011), is as happy a surprise as finding a honey-filled hive at the end of a fur-raising journey. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Hibernation is for grown-ups—Little Bear has adventure on his mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHERRY AND OLIVE by Benjamin Lacombe
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Told and illustrated in a restrained way, the episode may make heartening reading for sensitive children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Shy, chubby bookworm that she is, Cherry leads a lonely existence until she meets a mournful-looking Shar Pei in her father's animal shelter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FACE by Benjamin Zephaniah
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a worthy subject that should give kids plenty to think about. (Fiction. 10+)"
Looks may not be everything, but few high-school students would deny that physical appearance is connected to self-esteem and social standing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FAT ARTIST AND OTHER STORIES by Benjamin Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Hale's stories are wry rather than funny, often predictable rather than surprising—but the questions he raises are interesting all the same."
Five years after his debut novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (2011), Hale returns with a collection of seven short stories, none earthshaking but all evidence of a steadily growing professional talent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A QUIET ADJUSTMENT by Benjamin Markovits
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Markovits's delicate, painstaking, psychologically and socially acute examination of Byron's women can seem overwhelmed by its length and stylistic devotion."
Byron's life is revisited in a stylized fictional portrait that focuses less on the brilliant poet, more on the impossible husband. Read full book review >