Search Results: "James Weldon Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Read it—better yet, sing it—to children, and let them pore over the powerful pictures. (musical notation, photo credits) (Picture book. 6+)"
Celebrating the centenary of the song frequently dubbed "The Negro National Anthem," this matches those stirring lyrics to equally heartfelt black-and-white photos. Read full book review >

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LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING by James Weldon Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A bright blue predominates in intensely hued skies and school uniforms, while Collier's highly recognizable style incorporates watercolor and collage to meaningful effect. (illustrator's note, words with music) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
In his highly iconic reinterpretation of the beloved "Negro National Anthem," Collier was inspired by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

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THE CREATION by James Weldon Johnson
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An outstanding rendering, not to be missed. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
``Then God smiled./And the light broke./And the darkness rolled up on one side./And the light stood shining on the other./And God said: That's good!'' This poem first appeared in God's Trombones in 1927; it's a wonderfully sonorous retelling, gracefully reflecting the story's nobility while renewing it with vivid imagery and an easy informality that never detracts from its dignity. Read full book review >

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LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING by James Weldon Johnson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Feb. 12, 1993

"Music included. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6+)"
With an introduction by Jim Haskins explaining how ``Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing'' (spelling changed only on the title page and jacket here) came to be written and became the ``African- American Anthem,'' a handsome setting. Read full book review >

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THE CREATION by James Weldon Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: April 15, 1994

"It's a measure of the poem's quality that it inspires such a rich variety of responses. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
In the spirit of Johnson's poetic voice, which Ransome describes as ``influenced by the...imagery of nineteenth-century African-American plantation preachers,'' the romantic, sun- dappled paintings here are more literal than Carla Golembe's striking, boldly stylized art for her edition (1993) of this splendid verse retelling by the well-loved poet. Read full book review >

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CARNIVORE by Dillard Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2013

"An aggressive, unapologetic account of one man's brutal war."
Combat tales from a tank commander-turned-sniper during the Iraq War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2012

"A book to be enjoyed by ideologues and non-ideologues of all stripes because it is not a tract for Republicans, Democrats or any other partisan organization."
A detailed, lucid, sure-to-be controversial account of whether the massive national debt of the U.S. government actually matters. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

"A detailed, dismaying and damning summation of recent Wall Street-Washington collusion—and the recurrent risk of financial folly."
A stinging indictment of the reckless "new American oligarchy" that led the nation to an economic precipice—and which, because of the government bailout, the authors say, threaten to put U.S. taxpayers on the hook again. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2009

"A worthy topic for a retrospective—if only the narrative were as fresh and innovative as its subject."
A look back at the 1955 and '56 University of San Francisco NCAA championship basketball teams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY KEY by James Frey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Opportunistic, paint-by-numbers hackwork. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Endgame continues as the Players hunt for the Sky Key. Read full book review >

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QUINNIE BLUE by Dinah Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The rhythm of the text, along with the details and celebratory mood of the illustrations, makes this an excellent choice for family sharing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Johnson (Sunday Week, 1999, etc.) and Ransome (The Secret of the Stones, 2000, etc.) create an affirming story of an African-American family. Read full book review >

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THE CALLING by James Frey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A poor start, but future installments might be worth it. (Adventure. 12-16)"
A dangerous game begins with players from around the world competing for the future of the human race. Read full book review >