Search Results: "Isabelle Brent"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS HORSE AND THE THREE WISE MEN by Isabelle Brent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2016

"An uneven effort that reflects a lack of understanding of the intended audience. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
The journey of the three Magi on their travels to the birthplace of Jesus is recounted from the point of view of a horse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOAH'S ARK by Isabelle Brent
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, the sheer beauty of these illuminations is sure to draw readers of all ages. (Nonfiction. 3+)"
The title page of this beautifully illustrated edition of the story of Noah (as it appears in the Revised English Bible) states that Brent has ``illuminated'' the text, a fair description of her meticulous, ornamental work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT ANTHONY THE GREAT by John Chryssavgis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 7, 2015

"While not destined to have wide appeal, the book tells the story of a saint deeply important in both the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox traditions, filling a critical niche. (appendix, timeline, further reading, map, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A brief introduction to the early Christian mystic and saint. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"For Philip's phrasing and presentation, this is a worthy volume; young listeners won't mind the pictures, and older readers will be too engrossed in the stories themselves to notice. (Fiction. 5+)"
Some of Andersen's best-loved tales, perceptively introduced by Philip (The Snow Queen, 1989), who treats them as high literature, never forcing them into ready-made formulas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE HOUSE OF HAPPINESS by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2003

Philip and Brent (Noah and the Devil, 2001, etc.) collaborate again to offer a lovely collection of prayers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOAH AND THE DEVIL by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Indeed, it is the shimmering art that transforms what is a somewhat less successful text into a worthy addition to the folklore shelves. (author's source note) (Folktale/picture book. 5-8)"
Illustrated with Brent's (Celtic Fairytales, not reviewed, etc.) glorious, gold-drenched watercolors, Philip weaves a number of Romanian pourquoi tales into the biblical story of Noah and the ark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"For collections that need yet one more Grimm, this is a good choice to hand to middle graders who are starting to think they are too old for fairy tales. (Folklore. 9-12)"
A lovely edition of tales that hearkens back to the stories' roots in oral telling and wordplay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE by Oscar Wilde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Classic tales wonderfully adorned with Brent's lustrous, jewel-toned illumination. (Stories/Fiction. All ages)"
After over 100 years, Wilde's fairy tales have lost none of their tragic beauty, or their sly humor, to which these nine bear witness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLETTE'S LOST PET by Isabelle Arsenault
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2017

"Arsenault's story has the feel of a campfire song, increasingly fun and outrageous until the joyful end and its promise of new friendships. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Colette's family moves to Montreal's Mile End, and her mother tells her, "For the last time, NO PET," before shooing her outside to explore the neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLUME by Isabelle Simler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"Lovely, if a bit frustrating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The double meaning of the title of this French import will likely be lost on young readers who do not know that "plume" means "feather," since "Plume" is the name of the black cat who stalks mysteriously through the pages, clearly with evil designs on the birds portrayed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE HOUR by Isabelle Simler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"Lovely, if poorly hung together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A visual rhapsody in blue. Read full book review >