Search Results: "Gene Barretta"


BOOK REVIEW

TIMELESS THOMAS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A glowing tribute to the inventor who continues to influence modern life. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
A fine introduction to Thomas Edison's exceptional inventions, innovations and career—and how his work continues to affect our lives today. Read full book review >

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CONRAD AND THE COWGIRL NEXT DOOR by Denette Fretz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Nonetheless, fans of the wrangling way of life will find themselves much attached to Conrad and his true blue cowboy heart. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads." Read full book review >

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ZOOLA PALOOZA by Gene Barretta
ANIMALS
Released: June 21, 2011

"While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A topic only rarely addressed gets whimsical treatment in this latest from wordplay master Barretta. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN AND KENNEDY by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Marred by its own contrivances. (further facts, trivia, unsourced quotes, glossary, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Barretta adopts a familiar narrative device, contrasting the lives—separated by a century—of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Rosalyn Schanzer's How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning (2003) covers much of the same territory but does it much better. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Sunny cartoons juxtapose now and then in a lighthearted exploration of how Benjamin Franklin's inventions have survived into the modern age. Read full book review >

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THE PICTURE HISTORY OF GREAT BUILDINGS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Introductory and summary remarks express the author's hopeful concern for future 'careful planning' and building of 'eco-friendly' cities. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chock-full of facts and decorated with sketches of more than 100 great buildings, this whirlwind world tour provides an introductory reference to architecture. Read full book review >

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JACK THE TRIPPER by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Wodehouse with a dash of Gorey. (Picture book. 6-11)"
Devilish deeds at Benjamin Dizzie Elementary School. Read full book review >

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NEO LEO by Gene Barretta
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Energetic, engaging and eclectic—just like its subject. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
In a format similar to his Now and Ben (2003), Barretta points out the links between one man's genius and the development of a varied catalogue of creations. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An eye-catching if incomplete treatment of the legend. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali comes to life for young readers. Read full book review >

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SHEETZUCACAPOOPOO by Joy Behar
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Next to the exploits of other problem-solving pooches like Clifford or Susan Meddaugh's Martha, Max's new outing merits a quick burial in the backyard. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting a new standard for superficiality, this blander-than-bland follow-up to SheetzuCacaPoopoo: My Kind of Dog (2006) sends the perky mixed-breed (part Shih Tzu, part cocker spaniel, part poodle) protagonist to doggy day care, where he organizes the cowed little dogs and then tames the aggressive big dogs with sweet reason. Read full book review >

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FORCED OUT by Gene Fehler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Useful and priced right. (Fiction.11-16)"
This entry in the Travel Team series is totally focused on baseball and its intricacies. Read full book review >