Search Results: "Guy Francis"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANCIS DRAKE by John Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A scholarly but basically laudatory picture, nicely timed for the fourth centenary of Drake's death next year."
A graphic account of the man who, among other swashbuckling exploits, was the first to sail around the world and was largely responsible for saving England from invasion by the Spanish Armada. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCIS BACON by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Peppiatt stalks and bags elusive prey: a better understanding of a disturbing body of work created by a man who lived inscrutably, in purposeful chaos. (illustrations, not seen)"
In his time, the late Francis Bacon was regarded both as England's ``most important living painter'' and as a ``cheap sensationalist.'' This excellent biography reveals a dramatic self- mythologizer who painted brilliantly enough to realize his self- cast, epic-tragic role. Read full book review >

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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY ZOO by Erin Soderberg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Black-and-white drawings not seen. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
Roll out the barrel of monkeys—no, wait, make that one spunky monkey named Willa, short for Princess Willoughby Wallaby Fluff (she wears a tiara), who has a one-day adventure, à la Bill and Ted's Excellent one, monkey style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Overall, the conceit is clever even though it stumbles a bit. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The invitation reads, "Can't you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT FRANCIS by Brian Wildsmith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But the gilt-edged, stained- glass beauty of the pages is oddly out of keeping with the saint who called himself il poverello; the warm, down-to-earth humanity of Lewin's paintings suits his story better. (Picture book. 6+)"
An estimable work with two formidable competitors: Tomie dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982) and Margaret Hodges's Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (1991), illustrated by Ted Lewin. ``The Canticle of Brother Sun'' opens the book, and a recapitulation of the facts of Francis's life, with dates, closes it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARK THE SHARK by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Most especially, enthusiastic kids will appreciate the message that there is a time and a place for everything—they needn't stay cool 'round the clock. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clark's enthusiasm for school, while admirable, is a little too much for his classmates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. MCBLOOM, CLEAN UP YOUR CLASSROOM! by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A happy tale of community cooperation as well as a celebration of a career well spent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A retiring teacher has a final assignment for her final class: Find a creative way to clean out 50 years of displays, decorations, supplies, science and crafts projects, books, lost lunches and like clutter to make way for her successor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPE FRANCIS by Paul Vallely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
An exhaustive look at the newest pope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCIS CRICK by Matt Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"A well-written addition to the publisher's 'Eminent Lives' series."
Short biography of a giant in molecular biology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARK THE SHARK LOVES CHRISTMAS by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An amusing holiday outing for Clark the Shark fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hale and Francis continue their popular series about the boisterous shark named Clark with a story about a Secret Santa gift exchange in his classroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASON DIXON:  BASKETBALL DISASTERS by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 2012

"Altogether, this is an amusing if undemanding account of the typical fourth-grade problems the athletically ungifted face as they make their way through school. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fourth grader Mason Dixon, in his third series outing, earnestly stumbles from one potential disaster to another, many involving his total basketball ineptitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD GUY by Hannah Barnaby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"The humor feels accidental here, with illustrations that fail to establish a consistent visual subtext. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another wannabe bad guy. Read full book review >