Search Results: "Greg Couch"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WINDIGO'S RETURN by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Couch's hazy style of illustration portrays the north woods as a setting where possibility always lurks in the mist, a perfect place for tales to grow. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wood (Northwoods Cradle Song, p. 302, etc.) has wisely chosen to adapt a Windigo tale that explains nature, rather than one that induces nightmares (the Windigo figures in north woods tales as everything from a monster to a symbol of men driven wild by the wilderness itself; tales about them make for classic ``ghost stories'' for around the campfire) for this book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING BUT TROUBLE by Sue Stauffacher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"However, the author does add leads to further information at the end, and plenty of readers, athletes or otherwise, will find this tribute to her fiery spirit inspirational. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Bursting across Couch's impressionistic Harlem street scenes in a blaze of color, the rangy, grinning young Gibson—the first African-American tennis player, male or female, to win at Wimbledon—seems ready to jump right off the pages of this high-energy profile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUN DANCE WATER DANCE by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"A standout. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Luminous art and a lyrical text capture the joys of an incandescent country summer day from bright morning to dusky evening. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPRING’S SPRUNG by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"The large, vertical format is equally suitable for storytime or individual readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The spring season gets a treatment of its own, following autumn (Wild Child, 1999) and winter (Winter Waits, 2001) from the same author/illustrator team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Inspiring. (sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
As soon as Philo Farnsworth learned how to talk, he began asking questions—about how things worked and why things happened. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER’S VACATION by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A dazzling completion to an attractive series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Summer, the youngest child of Mother Earth and Father Time, takes readers along on her playful vacation in this latest addition to this duo's wonderful series about the seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST PALM TREES by James Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A rollicking, original read-aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
A prophet sees a vision of palm trees in a dream, and the king offers a great reward to anyone who can make them appear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER WAITS by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Teachers of older children will also use this oversized picture book as an introduction to mythical characters or allegory or as a springboard to creative-writing assignments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plourde and Couch continue their seasonally themed picture-book partnership, which began with Wild Child (1999), a well-received story of young Autumn and Mother Nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALLOWEEN by Harry Behn
by Harry Behn, illustrated by Greg Couch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A surefire crowd-pleaser, with just the right reading on the fright scale for sharing with more suggestible audiences. (Picture book. 5-7)"
"Tonight is the night / when dead leaves fly / like witches on switches / across the sky . . . " Couch illustrates a brief rhyme from Behn's first collection of poetry for children with shadowy, atmospheric views of a trio of costumed trick-or-treaters, who grow increasingly spooked as ghouls, witches, and eerily glowing jack-o-lanterns rise about them. Young audiences will respond with delighted shivers as the three fetch up in a misty graveyard, where menacing figures beckon—but turn out to be welcoming the newcomers to a party. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I KNOW THE MOON by Stephen Axel Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Well-intentioned text—but it misses its mark. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A fox, a moth, an owl, a mouse, and a frog—night creatures all—fight with each other over their definitions of the moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILENT DESCENT by Dick Couch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Lots of pep and some nifty new gadgets, including a stealthy non-nuclear sub."
A cash-strapped Russian general decides to meet his payroll by selling nukes to fractious Third World nations—while American SEALs travel to the Arctic to clamp down on the rather dangerous free market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAVELING THE POWER LINE by Julianne Couch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"Fair, thoughtful and balanced."
A Wyoming-based journalist and essayist chronicles her visits to nine electrical power stations across the country, examining the pros and cons of the fuel sources used at each site. Read full book review >