Search Results: "Francine Gerstein"


BOOK REVIEW

MY MESSY BODY by Liza Fromer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"While it provides accurate information on topics that should appeal to curious school-age readers, this work's reliance on the limited shock value of colloquial terminology seems inappropriate for the intended audience. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
An unusual anatomy book combines familiar children's terms for bodily functions—pee, poop, snot, etc.—with accurate, relatively simple explanations of their roles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAVING THE NEST by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2007

"Guaranteed to pump self-confidence in wee ones about to leave the nest. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The world can be a scary place when you're little and heading out on your own for the first time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROLINDA CLATTER by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Refreshingly, marvels trump morals in this lovely, larger-than-life legend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Once there was a lonely giant who fell in love with the moon. He was the very last giant, and there was no one else large enough for him to love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS by Mordicai Gerstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Readers of all ages will return to this again and again for its history, adventure, humor, and breathtaking homage to extraordinary buildings and a remarkable man. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5+)"
A spare recounting of Philippe Petit's daring 1974 wire walk between the Twin Towers depicts him as a street performer who defies authority to risk his feat, is arrested, and then sentenced to perform for the children of New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF MAY by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"An enjoyable (if predictable) journey, with special meaning for children of estranged parents. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-8.)"
The merry young month of May, scattering blossoms, loses her way and wanders into June—her Aunt June, from whom May now learns of her father's existence. ``He lives off at the other end of the year somewhere....Very far and very cold.'' May sets out to visit him, helped on her way by other relatives/months. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"The whole is a grand flight of fancy perfect for a new generation of dreamers and planners. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Sensing that the moon needs cheering up, a young inventor provides instructions for an expedition to plant sunflowers there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOOK by Mordicai Gerstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The girl's ultimate decision to write her own story until bedtime provides an ending to this disorienting and undeniably clever novelty, for whom the natural audience is unclear. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A family wakes up when you open this book, yawning and stretching and looking up at you. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD by Mordicai Gerstein
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Gerstein's fusion of a variety of sources for the story gives it a richness; although for the picture-book audience, the details will be extraneous, there is no denying their value as curiosities, and as welcome springboards to discussion. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The basic story is retold by Gerstein (Victor, p. 1117, etc.), with extraordinary details: Noah was 498 years old when he married and had his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth; he lived among cruel, greedy, violent giants whom God views with pained regret; for 120 years, Noah tries, at God's request, to change his neighbors' ways, to no avail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2006

"A graceful and artistic biblical portrayal to be read aloud throughout the year. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Working from Midrash or legend based on the Old Testament, Gerstein tells the story of the white ram, created by God on the sixth day, with a mission to save the life of Abraham's son, Isaac, at the sacrificial altar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Neon colors serve as a backdrop for the mutant letters in this irreverent book, aimed at those who delight in the preposterous. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fiends and ghouls abound in a tongue-in-cheek take on standard alphabet-book fare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2001

"New chapter-book readers will be won over by the episode's engaging cast and well-tuned sense of wonder. (Fiction. 8-10)"
On the last day of a summer vacation, Martin looks into a fox's eyes, and discovers just what his Great Aunt Zavella meant when she warned him of the "little trick" that foxes can play. Read full book review >