Search Results: "Helen Recorvits"


BOOK REVIEW

WHERE HEROES HIDE by Helen Recorvits
ADVENTURE
Released: May 9, 2002

"Perhaps another one will be more successful. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Ten-year-old Junior's summer vacation promises to be as quiet as American suburbia was in 1956. Read full book review >

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YOON AND THE JADE BRACELET by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2008

"Swiatkowska captures subtle changes of expression and signs of character in the faces and bodies of her figures despite using broad brushstrokes and streaky paint for the art—but that visual depth is not reflected in the spare, unsatisfying narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In her third appearance, young Korean immigrant Yoon is disappointed when her mother gives her a folktale and an heirloom bracelet for her birthday rather than a coveted jump rope. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS YOON by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2003

"She is also surrounded by supportive adults, and her cultural heritage, though specified, is given such a low profile that she becomes a sort of everychild, with whom many young readers faced with a similar sense of displacement will identify. (Picture book. 8-10)"
An unhappy young immigrant seeks, and at last regains, a sense of self in this atmospheric, expressionistically illustrated episode. Read full book review >

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YOON AND THE CHRISTMAS MITTEN by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2006

"The magnificent illustrations are painted in a distinctive style with elements both impressionistic and surrealistic, perfectly suiting Yoon's changing world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration about a Korean-American girl named Yoon, this team continues to explore the sensitive little girl's adjustment to living in the U.S. When Yoon learns about "Mr. Santa Claus" and hanging up stockings on Christmas Eve, she wants to have those traditions at her house, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2008

"Flawed, but not fatally so. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Diamond Willow, a young Alaskan of Athabascan and European descent, doesn't have many friends; she's happiest when she's sledding her father's dogs and visiting her grandparents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIDE KNOT by Helen Dunmore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The fantastic journey undertaken by both teenagers reveals them as worthy heroes in a promising adventure in a foreign land (and sea). (Fiction. 10-14)"
Often sequels are not as powerful as the original, but this sequel to Ingo (2006), a British fantasy import, seems, at times, to be far more gripping than its franchise leader, with tense plot points cooled by more temperate but compelling plot points. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THORNSPELL by Helen Lowe
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Thoughtful and understated. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A quiet hero anchors this nicely crafted blend of fairy tale and dreamscape. Read full book review >