Search Results: "James Berry"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1999

"In her first book, Hehenberger takes a literal route, anchoring every poem in domestic scenes of family and friends; the deep colors and finely sculpted forms become set pieces for Berry's earthbound images. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Leaving behind much of the lyricism found in his previous collections, Berry (First Palm Trees, 1997, etc.) pens poems in the voices of a sister, Dreena (who has the magical name), and brother, Delroy, on their experiences in the family with a dour sister, mother ("A teacher, Mom has lots of pens/and home and school jobs"), and father, who "drives a train,/sometimes in a heavy jacket." Read full book review >

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ROUGH SKETCH BEGINNING by James Berry
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those pages imply a trust, nudging readers to glean their own dramatic insights into the ways of the poets and artists. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a work that attempts to capture the creative process of seeing and drawing, sparse, poetic descriptions of the natural world by Berry (Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird, 1995, etc.) combine with crisp, labeled landscape studies, sketches, and paintings by Florczak (illustrator of Audrey Wood's The Rainbow Bridge, 1995). Read full book review >

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DON'T LEAVE AN ELEPHANT TO GO AND CHASE A BIRD by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A vivid tale and a welcome, polished pairing of author and illustrator. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Anancy Spiderman leaves his house one day and through simple acts of kindness increases his wealth before abruptly losing it again. Read full book review >

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CELEBRATION SONG by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, a lovely poem that offers a tropical backdrop instead of a white Christmas. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
Jamaican-born poet and novelist Berry's (The Future- Telling Lady, 1993, etc.) first picture book is an ode to baby Jesus on his first birthday. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE-TELLING LADY by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1993

"Strong, genuine, and (except for the last) happy tales from a talented writer. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
Like Berry's stories in A Thief in the Village (1988), these vignettes illuminate both special and universal aspects of West Indian life as seen through children's eyes. Read full book review >

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AJEEMAH AND HIS SON by James Berry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Brilliant, complex, powerfully written. (Fiction. 12+)"
Ajeemah is taking his son Atu to be wed when they are seized by slavers and shipped to separate plantations in Jamaica. Read full book review >

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FIRST PALM TREES by James Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A rollicking, original read-aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
A prophet sees a vision of palm trees in a dream, and the king offers a great reward to anyone who can make them appear. Read full book review >

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DNA by James D. Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2003

"A grand tour of epochal events in biology history."
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Watson-Crick double helix model, and with a PBS series on the history of DNA hosted by Watson, this blockbuster recaps how it happened, what came before, where we are today, and what the future may hold. Read full book review >

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OTHERMOON by Nina Berry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"More substantial and satisfying than it looks. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Readers who've been desperate to learn what happens next to teen shape-shifter Desdemona Grey and her band of Otherkin (2012) will find plenty to enjoy in the action-packed sequel. Read full book review >

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ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
Eighteen-year-old Judith Finch gradually reveals the horror of her two-year disappearance in a stunning historical murder mystery and romance. Read full book review >