Search Results: "James E. Ransome"


BOOK REVIEW

GUNNER, FOOTBALL HERO by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"Nearly a touchdown; definitely a field goal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though his arm lands him a spot on the team as third-string quarterback, short, round Gunner seems to have been glued to the bench. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2012

"Still, as a Teacher Appreciation Day gift, it's a mighty nice alternative to an apple. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl sporting dreadlocks addresses readers directly, telling them all about her teacher in an attempt to explain why the elderly woman continues to teach in her school rather than retiring or teaching "across town, where the sun always shines." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW RED BIKE! by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The very brief text and simply drawn figures suspended in generous quantities of white space give this a superficially appealing look, but Ander's Me and My Bike (2008) or Cari Best's Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2006), convey a fledgling bicyclist's joy more effectively and coherently. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A usually accomplished illustrator tries for extreme simplicity and takes a header with this confused and confusing episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GERMS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An amusing more than informative overview of germs for an audience that may find the whole business mildly bemusing. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Colorful bacteria cavort among people of various races in this simple introduction to germs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG PELÉ by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

While eight-year-old Edson do Nascimento's classmates are learning the alphabet and math, he is dreaming about playing soccer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUILT ALPHABET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Nonetheless, the graphic appeal is so strong that youngsters in groups or on their own should be drawn to the pictures and to guessing the names of the objects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rich illustrations and a rhyming text create a puzzle for each letter of the alphabet, inviting a young reader to guess what word the letter might represent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY STORY, MY DANCE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ongoing success story for all readers and especially Ailey's worldwide legion of fans. (foreword by Battle, author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, further reading, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Only the third person to direct the esteemed and much-loved American dance company, Battle represents a strong line that celebrates African-American music, faith, and dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a resonant musical partnership at a historically significant moment in American music. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This married author-illustrator team (Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) here highlights the innovative, barrier-breaking collaboration of African-American Wilson and Jewish-American Goodman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A solid effort that offers young readers a glimpse into the lives of children in the time of slavery and appreciate the development of a most notable life. (author's note, bibliography, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
For the enslaved child who grew up to be Frederick Douglass, learning to read led to freedom and a life of activism committed to abolition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Upbeat and celebratory—like Pops himself. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Cline-Ransome traces Armstrong's storied arc, from an impoverished New Orleans childhood to his apex as a giant of jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers don't need to have been recently emancipated to understand this eloquent testament to the overriding importance of school. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emancipation means education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An author's note summarizes Taylor's life after 1901, discusses the racial climate of turn-of-the-20th-century cycling, and cites sources. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Glorious, light-filled oils are not enough to save this lackluster picture book biography of "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African-American world-champion cyclist. Read full book review >