Search Results: "Hadley Hooper"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Glorious. (biographical note, artist's note, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
If indeed the "child is father to the man," Newbery medalist MacLachlan's poetic, careful and concentrated text captures the essence of Matisse's childhood experiences and draws powerful parallels with his later life and work. Read full book review >

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HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"With sophisticated wordplay and poignantly spare description, this lyric bildungsroman creates as effective a portrait of race relations in 20th-century America as of formative moments in Nelson's youth. (author's note) (Memoir/poetry. 10 & up)"
Multiaward-winning poet Nelson (A Wreath for Emmett Till, illustrated by Philippe Lardy, 2005, etc.) tells how growing up as a daughter of one of the first African-American career officers in the Air Force influenced her artistic development. Read full book review >

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AROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote. (historical note, source note, bibliography of children's titles) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Rockliff introduces Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, whose five-month, 10,000-mile crusade for women's voting rights drew crowds and made colorful newspaper copy in 1916. Read full book review >

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A SMALL THING . . . BUT BIG by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Hooper's charming illustrations make Lizzie's brave walk an absolute delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A child overcomes her fear of dogs—and finds that even small steps forward can be big. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Engaging for climbers and dreamers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young tree lover finds a way to climb into the leafy branches even when she is sick and confined indoors. Read full book review >

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MINING MEMORIES WITH PATRICIA MACLACHLAN
by Julie Danielson

At nearly 80 years old, very little slows down Patricia MacLachlan. The author, best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall, is busy gathering memories to tell her fans even more stories – in the form of both picture books and novels for child readers.

In her newest picture book, Someone Like Me, MacLachlan looks back to ...


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LEAVE THE BOX BEHIND
by Julie Danielson

Thinking outside of the box gets a lot of lip service but isn’t always rewarded – especially in the lives of children. Gloriously, there are four brand-new picture books on shelves that celebrate creative thinkers and problem-solvers of many stripes. (To boot, all four have received starred reviews here at Kirkus, and hey, I didn’t even plan that.)

Let’s kick ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME by Tessa Hadley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2002

"Perfectly fine in execution but also a bit tiresome; with a different conception in the central story, Hadley's consummate knowledge of her characters might have resulted in a more telling debut."
A sorrowful debut follows a family and some friends as they go stage by stage through dissatisfaction with their lives. Read full book review >

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FALLEN GRACE by Mary Hooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The sobering realities of child poverty and exploitation are vividly conveyed, along with fascinating details of the Victorian funeral trade. (historical note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
In the years since their mother's death, Grace Parkes, 16, and her developmentally disabled sister, Lily, 17, have struggled to survive on their own in Victorian London. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Eliza's own story comes clear in a most fairytale-like ending complete with a possible suitor named Valentine. (cast of characters and places) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Eliza Rose—cast out by her stepmother and imprisoned in 17th-century London for stealing a meat pie—is rescued by Ma Gwyn from the clink because of her green eyes and black hair. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT MOVIE by Tobe Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"Horror as comedy, bawdy and blue, more yucks than frights."
The creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre takes to print with a co-authored foray into zombie comic novel territory. Read full book review >