Search Results: "Greg Harlin"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Considering the recent hail of titles for younger readers that highlight George Washington's feats, this offers a timely reminder that others played important roles in the Revolutionary War, too. (author's note, map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Infused with a blue glow, Harlin's nautical paintings add an oddly spectral air to this fictionalized account of the Atlantic crossing made by John Adams and his son to France in 1778, in search of support for the beleaguered Patriot army. Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH AT VALLEY FORGE by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A beautiful and excellent bit of historical drama and fiction based on two analogous events in history. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Taking a small segment of American Revolutionary history noted in Jacob Rader Marcus's United States Jewry 1776-1985, Krensky constructs a story around an American soldier's Hanukkah observance one cold December night at Valley Forge. Read full book review >

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PAUL REVERE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A good introduction to the start of the Revolutionary War. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
In a departure from other Paul Revere stories, Krensky (How Santa Lost His Job, 2001, etc.) tells the tale from the perspectives of Paul Revere, British General Gage, and his commander, Lord Percy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >

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DEATH GOES ON RETREAT by Carol Anne O’Marie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Full of inane conversation, paeans of praise to the scenery, and coincidence stretched to unconvincing lengths: this sixth in the series is only for the author's fondest fans."
San Francisco's Sister Mary Helen is once again embroiled in a murder case (Murder Makes a Pilgrimage, 1993, etc.), this time while on retreat at St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD LUCK BEAR by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Once again, Foley's unpretentious Bear and Mouse deliver profound wisdom in a sweetly understated manner. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Foley's waif-like bear cub is back with another life lesson for little ones (Don't Worry Bear, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

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THE WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A humorous vignette with deliciously bright colors that leap from the page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A watermelon-loving crocodile worries over a swallowed seed in this balmy tale. Read full book review >

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PURPLE LITTLE BIRD by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Satisfying for the very youngest. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)"
A small purple bird—Pierre is the name on his purple mailbox—who "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns out. Read full book review >

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WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A far cry from the usual fear-of-the-dark fare—and a strangely comforting and beautiful one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Close on the heels of his previous adventure (Willoughby and the Lion, 2009), young Willoughby faces his fears in the light of a disappearing moon. Read full book review >

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WILLOUGHBY & THE LION by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"In spite of this Foley's signature sweetness is definitely present and accounted for. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willoughby Smith doesn't much like his new home but learns that all is not lost when he discovers a magical wish-giving lion stuck on a rock in his backyard. Read full book review >