Search Results: "Jane Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PAINTER by Jane Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Johnson's concept and pictures are marvelous, but they don't compensate for this ineptly written tale. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Johnson (Bertie on the Beach, 1981, etc.) had a great idea: Take one of the world's most famous paintings and create a story around the characters portrayed in it. Read full book review >

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THE TENTH GIFT by Jane Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2008

"Johnson's innovative style and tone (informed by her own Moroccan vision-quest) transforms what could have been a conventional swashbuckler-bodice ripper into a witty page-turner."
Two needlewomen, centuries apart, find love and career satisfaction in Morocco in this novel from Johnson, the publishing director at HarperCollins UK . Read full book review >

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ARE YOU READY FOR BED? by Jane Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Like its energetic protagonist, this winsome tale is hard to resist. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When her wee bunny is unable to sleep, a mother rabbit calls upon her entire repertoire of soothing tactics to settle her little one down for the night. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA'S BILL by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Johnson's realistic illustrations nicely extend the pathos and joy of Grandma's narrative and the affection she shares with young Bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Bill visits Grandma, she tells him about ``my other Bill...Your daddy's daddy,'' showing Bill a photo album that goes back to his grandfather's infancy. Read full book review >

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THE EIDOLON CHRONICLES, #1 by Jane Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Stay tuned. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A talking cat pitches young Ben Arnold into the role of semi-reluctant Hero, as a scheme to drain Eidolon, the Hidden Land, of magic by importing its creatures to this plane puts him up against his cruel uncle and a powerful, dog-headed sorcerer. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW WORLD by Jane Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"The author evidently couldn't think of any other way to keep the series going—but there's a Prophecy to fulfill, and you know what that means. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The second episode in this formulaic fantasy shifts the scene to the otherworldly Secret Country. Read full book review >

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NOW SOON LATER by Lisa Grunwald
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Johnson's fresh pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are gently realistic, showing a small girl's day and the wealth of activities that mark it. (Picture book. 2+)"
This lucid, flowing book is equal to the challenge of making the passage of time easier for children—who mostly live in the here and now—to grasp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILO AND THE FIRE ENGINE PARADE by Pamela Jane
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even less discriminating readers will see a world of difference between David Shannon's engaging, eponymous ne'er-do-well and this sociopath. (Picture book. 6-7)"
With blithe disregard for credibility or consequences, Jane showers young Milo with treats and rewards after he wreaks destruction along a parade route after blowing off parental orders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >