Search Results: "Gail de Marcken"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUILTMAKERS JOURNEY by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"An aerial map printed inside the jacket will be hidden by library processing, but young readers will pore over the rest of the art. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Billowing, jewel-toned patterns illuminate this visually and verbally lush prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER ALI by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the text is lengthy for this format, it is replete with silly sound effects for a fun one-on-one read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ali has turned seven years old, and has taken the first step on the road to manhood: He's learning to be a royal pigeon-keeper like his father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS HUNNICUTT’S HAT by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though the hats with live adornment have a certain amount of appeal, the overly long, somewhat pedantic story fails to convey in a meaningful way the intended message of respecting individual style, and the story's attempts at humor never achieve a satisfying fit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Brumbeau and de Marcken (The Quiltmaker's Gift, 2001) turn their attention from a kindly but determined quilter and a greedy king to a kindly queen and a determined lady who wears a Parisian hat with a live chicken on top. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S SNOWING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Though it lacks the flair and depth of others, the breadth and ease of the text make this a good introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons' latest is a utilitarian, beginner's look at snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORSES! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"For interesting horse books, look anywhere else. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This latest from the overly prolific Gibbons reads like an encyclopedia article but looks even worse due to shockingly abysmal artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTRY FAIR by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But since there are more than 2,000 annual fairs in the United States, the best introduction is to go and visit one. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons (Spiders, 1993, etc.) cobbles together a host of country fairs—fun fairs and harvest fairs, art fairs and antique fairs—into one great megafair in this introduction to the countryside's most enduring, good-time institution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though Zenger will remain a faceless figure to readers, they'll come away with a clear understanding of his role in our cultural and Constitutional history. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
In this analysis-heavy study, Jarrow focuses on the real significance of the Zenger contretemps in the growth of the idea of a free press, while presenting a sketchy portrait of the man himself as a pawn used by a small group of politicians bent on ousting a corrupt new colonial governor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHATTERING GLASS by Gail Giles
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A sure-fire hit for book discussion groups, from a writer to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
A grimly comic debut novel revisits the dark hell of high-school cliques. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PUMPKIN BOOK by Gail Gibbons
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Directions for planting a pumpkin patch, carving a jack-o'-lantern, and drying the seeds give young gardeners the instructions they need to grow and enjoy their own golden globes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Pumpkin Book (32 pp.; $16.95; Sept. 15; 0-8234-1465-5): From seed to vine and blossom to table, Gibbons traces the growth cycle of everyone's favorite autumn symbol—the pumpkin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"Some well-deserved pats on the back and slaps upside the head."
Freelance journalist and former Boston Review editor Pool (Other People's Mail, 2000) takes the pulse of the American book-reviewing profession and finds it weakening. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLASS PEOPLE by Gail Godwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1972

"By no means as substantial a book as The Perfectionists (1970) but to be enjoyed for the very attractive distraction that it is."
A seductively accessorized short novel about beautiful people who live both too perfectly and quite imperfectly — Cameron Bolt, DA en route to the California Attorney Generalship, and his flawlessly lovely Francesca who is increasingly anomic. Read full book review >