Search Results: "Jaleigh Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A well-imagined world of veritable adventure. (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Heart, brains and courage find a home in a steampunk fantasy worthy of a nod from Baum. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF SOLACE by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"All aboard for fantasy lovers with a dual penchant for girl power and keeping up with the Indiana Joneses. (map, acknowledgments) (Fantasy. 11-15)"
An orphan in a mountain stronghold of cultural archivists uncovers secrets. Read full book review >

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THE QUEST TO THE UNCHARTED LANDS by Jaleigh Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A full-throttle fanfare for those with a predilection for alchemy, adventure, and a little anarchy. (map, glossary) (Steampunk. 11-15)"
Well-behaved girls seldom make history…or save ill-fated airships from menacing saboteurs. Read full book review >

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HENRY CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Young readers may not understand concepts of tax protest and slavery, but would welcome reading another story about a familiar and unique character whose deep moral convictions are expressed in simple, daily deeds. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In his third book about Henry David Thoreau, Johnson describes a more complex concept: how people can change bad laws without fighting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MOUSE'S TALE by Pamela Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her first solo effort, an accomplished illustrator (Stolz's fantasies; science books about animals) describes a mouse who, wanting to go to sea, considers many progressively smaller vessels (ship, ferry, rowboat, etc.) before imaginatively constructing her own boat of natural materials. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND SILK by Neil Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

``Fire and silk'' is a poetic description of the hot air and polyester that really form these genial giants. Read full book review >

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MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"That Peter Rabbit's mischief was written down first for a real child will make that story all the more powerful to readers, and may be their first acquaintance with literary history. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-8037-2051-3 Johnson enchantingly recounts for the picture-book audience the well-known story of the origins of Beatrix Potter's first book. Read full book review >