Search Results: "Glenys Ambrus"


BOOK REVIEW

SANTA CLAUS TAKES OFF! by Victor Ambrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Not nearly as original or as comical as Yorinks's Christmas in July (p. 1352), in which Santa is also confronted with the witless vagaries of contemporary urban society, but the illustrations are bright, cheery, and deftly drawn, while the genre seems to be endlessly popular. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Santa, short of cash to buy reindeer food, goes to visit his Auntie Flo and gets a job at ``Harridges'' as (what else?) a Santa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ILIAD by Ian Strachan
adapted by Ian Strachan, illustrated by Victor Ambrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those who elect to read this aloud may succeed in converting members of the Mortal Kombat generation to fans of Homer's epic story. (Folklore. 9-13)"
An illustrated retelling of the events of Homer's tale, focusing primarily on the battles between the Greeks and the Trojans after Achilles stomps off in a huff over Agamemnon's arrogance and insults. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ERIC THE RED by Neil Grant
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Ambrus's meticulous illustrations vividly portray Eric's times. (maps, index) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This entry in the What's Their Story? series goes beyond the well-known image of the famously fierce Eric the Red to unveil a driven explorer and founder of a new land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOBY DICK by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"For those disposed to retellings of the classics, this is a prime example of the way to do it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work—of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ODYSSEY by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fitting companion to Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy (1993). (Fiction/mythology. 11-14)"
A classic expertly retold, issued in a handsome, slightly oversize format with Ambrus's robust illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOEMAKER'S BOY by Joan Aiken
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Ambrus's dramatic, masterfully limned color illustrations appear on almost every spread. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From a prolific British author who has ranged effortlessly from melodrama (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase [1962]) to loopy farce (Arabel's Raven [1972]), a polished tale suffused with allegory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAKESPEARE AND MACBETH by Stewart Ross
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A terrific job of making the vitality of Shakespeare accessible. (Index; chronology; bibliography and further reading; foreword by Kenneth Branagh) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 10+)"
In this superb book, Ross (World Leaders, not reviewed) not only makes Macbeth live—he also makes the drama behind the play come alive as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1992

"Swift's ax-grinding can be indigestible in large doses; like other abridged classics from this publisher and illustrator, a palatable, well-blended appetizer. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Swift's account of Gulliver's captivity in Lilliput and Brobdingnag is considerably shortened and rephrased here, but Riordan expertly preserves the flavor of the original: upon reaching the temple where he is to stay, the intrepid traveler shamefacedly relieves himself before the tiny multitudes (though the more famous scene where he similarly puts out a palace fire is absent); later, he survives plenty of harrowing adventures, admiringly describing the societies in which he's stranded while taking subtle pokes (and not-so-subtle—``Englishmen are the nastiest race of odious little vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth,'' says the king of Brobdingnag) at his own, and at fashion and politics in general. Read full book review >