Search Results: "J. Patrick Lewis"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A spectacular collection—'And,' the editor notes with remarkable understatement, 'the pictures are pretty nice too!' (Poetry. 7-12)"
Gathered by the United States children's poet laureate, 200 (mostly) lighthearted poems from the likes of Basho and Ben Franklin, Leadbelly, Jack Prelutsky and Joyce Sidman share space with eye-popping animal photographs. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Natchev's paintings have the delicate and sumptuous qualities of religious icons, resembling the tapestries on which other grand stories have been told, but far funnier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A thrilling story, at once preposterous and divinely ingenious. Read full book review >

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TUGG AND TEENY by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2011

"Emergent readers will identify with Teeny as someone learning new skills, and her can-do attitude, emboldened by a supportive community, is a great model for attaining success. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Another odd couple makes its foray into beginning-reader territory with three stories about Teeny the monkey's efforts to realize her artistic potential while best friend Tugg the gorilla cheers her on. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD’S GREATEST by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Not all the spreads equal this level of cleverness, and it's overall a pretty slim premise, but it's not a bad way for kids to spend an afternoon—and it might send them to Guinness to think up their own. (Poetry. 6-10)"
This is not, as a quick glance at the title might suggest, an attempt to anthologize the best poems ever written, thank goodness. Read full book review >

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THE WREN AND THE SPARROW by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A lyrical look at a horrific time; an appeal to the necessity of remembering. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man called the Wren because of the beautiful music he makes must give up his beloved instrument during the Nazi occupation of his Polish town. Read full book review >

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HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A beautiful book that tells a truth that needs to be told. (bibliography, notes) (Informational picture book. 10-16)"
A rare look at how music made a positive contribution to World War I. Read full book review >

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TULIP AT THE BAT by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"However, Tulip, who is last seen waving triumphantly with her teammates through a blizzard of ticker tape, makes a fetching hero, and the outsized 'WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS' message at the end will be music to the ears of New York fans everywhere. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The New York Pets square off against the Boston Beasts, with the usual result, in this very distant cousin to "Casey at the Bat." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Still, preschool teachers will enjoy this somewhat slapdash examination of the oft-taught idea of opposites. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bright, bold collages of torn paper, pastels and tempera fairly jump off the pages as Barner and Lewis team up with this concept book in rhyme for lap listeners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AND THE SOLDIERS SANG by J. Patrick Lewis
FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Grim, upsetting and utterly beautiful, this is both a strong anti-war statement and a fascinating glimpse of a little-known historical event. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
Definitely for older children (and most likely to be appreciated by adults), this version of the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is told through the eyes of a fictional young Welshman, with a terse yet lyrical text and stark, dramatic illustrations. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"This inspired collaboration adds a heightened poetic dimension to readers' understanding of Chagall's life and art. (Picture book/poetry/biography. 11 & up)"
U.S. Children's Poet Laureate Lewis and the prolific Yolen team up for a celebratory picture-book biography in verse of the 20th century painter and designer Marc Chagall (1887-1985) that may quickly become a favorite of art-loving families and museum docents. Read full book review >

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KINDERGARTEN CAT by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: July 27, 2010

"The backside view of kids and cat lined up on the story rug is particularly affecting—would that all kindergartens could have a Tinker Toy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusual new student enlivens a kindergarten classroom. Read full book review >