Search Results: "Helen Caldicott"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A nice—but not necessary—collector's item and reference work for readers of a specific bent."
Activist and environmentalist Caldicott (Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, 2006, etc.) publishes 25 transcripts of the interviews she conducts on her regular radio show. Read full book review >

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A DESPERATE PASSION by Helen Caldicott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"A treat for Caldicott's many admirers. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A maverick's life, told with grace and good humor. Read full book review >

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WORLD FOOD ALPHABET by Chris Caldicott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"Caldicott is a fine photographer—a writer, not so much. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A globe-spanning gallery of terrific food and food-related photographs is paired to a text that is not so terrific. Read full book review >

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A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (1999) won the Kate Greenaway medal; this one's at least as charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who live in a tea kettle-shaped house, are back to making their pumpkin soup when they discover they are out of salt—the only solution is to go into the city to buy more. Read full book review >

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IT'S MY BIRTHDAY by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The pencil and pale wash illustrations are also distinctive Oxenbury: amiable, affectionate, and like old pals by the end of the story. (Picture book. 2+)"
A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. Read full book review >

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THE CREATURE by Helen Bate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Curious and curiouser—and altogether a pleasure to experience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fuchsia-colored whatsit arrives to stay a year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNWITTING WISDOM by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Turning the perfectly simple into the ostentatious, Ward has forgotten that 'fine feathers do not make fine birds.' (Picture book/folktales. 7-12)"
The title of this overblown exercise is just wrong: whoever Aesop was, that teller was deeply aware of the wisdom in the fables. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"Life for Abigail in Glasgow is presented as gritty, dark and hard, beautifully demonstrating Abigail's inner reserves of strength, but grafting the mind-control plot onto it turns the story into a generic paranoia thriller. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
A promising character study is derailed by a conspiracy-theory plot that comes out of nowhere. Read full book review >

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PANTONE: COLORS by Helen Dardik
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Twenty times per spread is too much brand trumpeting for, well, anyone; still, this will sell as a baby-shower gift for expectant graphic designers. (Board book. 1-3)"
A bright, cheerful illustration of the reason why picture books shouldn't be product-placement vehicles. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Both tender and insightful, this well-crafted, fast-paced tale should have wide teen appeal. (notes on form) (Poetry. 10-16)"
From the award-winning Frost comes a wildly imaginative, thought-provoking novel in verse that centers on the unlikely friendship that arises between two teenage girls as a result of an accidental kidnapping. Read full book review >