Search Results: "Jan Ziff"


BOOK REVIEW

MEET HECKERTY by Jan Ziff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A good, entry-level app, gratifyingly easy if also easy to move beyond. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
An elemental story of a forgetful witch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Written in a velvety professorial voice, these excellent vignettes of five exemplary travelers provide a steady pulse of context and critique, amply demonstrating how travel literature helped shape a national identity. (21 color illustrations)"
A deeply intelligent, chin-in-hand rumination on the nature of American travel-writing, or at least a selection thereof, from the Revolutionary War to the outbreak of WWI, by literary historian Ziff (Writing in the New Nation, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHT YEARS by Emily Ziff  Griffin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A supernatural romantic thriller that defies convention. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A deadly pandemic killing hundreds of thousands can only be stopped by one girl's unique way of interacting with the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOGHOUSE by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Thomas's entertaining story and spirited illustrations kick this one right out of the park. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The third time continues the charm for Thomas's latest offering featuring her familiar animal buddies (A Birthday for Cow, 2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE LITTLE DASSIES by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE? by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CELEBRATE! by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"The fascinating photographs are the strong point here, but the short paragraphs that explain the rituals and customs will tantalize readers to find out more. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The well-traveled author-photographer, who has provided many strongly individual portraits of peoples, now emphasizes similarities in the celebrations that humans have created for the seasons, births, deaths, weddings and histories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON NOAH’S ARK by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Striking in its simplicity of telling, the watercolor and gouache artwork of birds, insects, and mammals breathes life into this apocryphal tale. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bushels of interpretations of this Bible story exist, from humorous spins to wooden stylized images to an endangered animals slant, but Brett applies her familiar, appealing style and creates a child-friendly, beautifully crafted version. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOWN UNDER by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Still, she does a real service in presenting both groups as they have been; the books are handsome, appealing, and informative. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
One of two new volumes in a series Reynolds initiated in 1991 with books about the Himalayas and the Sahara. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IF YOU MET A COWBOY? by Jan Adkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"As Wild Bill Hickok 'says' in his blurb: 'Factual as far as it goes.' (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Following other books in the What if You Met…(a Pirate, 2004; a Knight, 2006) series, this title somewhat less successfully tackles the subject of cowboys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIRTHDAY FOR COW! by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"From the calendar countdown on the front endpapers (Cow's birthday is October 17th, if you're curious) to a closing joke on the rear ones about using turnips as toothbrushes, this riotous read-aloud is guaranteed to have them rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Thomas scores again after What Will Fat Cat Sit On? (2007) with another droll crowd-pleaser for the OshKosh B'Gosh set. Read full book review >