Search Results: "Javaka Steptoe"


BOOK REVIEW

RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. Read full book review >

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THE JONES FAMILY EXPRESS by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A promising new direction for Steptoe. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Steptoe makes his authorial debut in this engaging story about a boy's special relationship with his aunt. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT ME, MAMA? by Kristina Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Like Mama Do You Love Me and Guess How Much I Love You but with an entirely fresh look; little ones will want to hear this sweet tale again and again. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A small boy asks his mother for reassurances that he is special. Read full book review >

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RAIN PLAY by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily—but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Read full book review >

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’LL DO? by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"And it ends, properly, with a hug. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A big sister lovingly promises to bring her little brother flowers when flowers grow again, a shell to hold the sound of the sea, a bottle of captured wind to open on a hot day, and other treasures, some more emotional than concrete as in, "I'll remember my dreams and tell them to you." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Brief biographies of the contributors appear in the back of this inventive, evocative book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Steptoe (son of the late John Steptoe) creates art for 13 poems that honor fathers, e.g., Sonia Sanchez's ``I have looked into/my father's eyes and seen an/african sunset.'' Among others who have contributed to the volume are Folami Abiade (with the title poem), Lenard D. Moore, Dakari Hru, and Dinah Johnson. Read full book review >

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JIMI by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"Outstanding in every way. (biographical note, author's note, websites, illustrator's note, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Golio examines Jimi Hendrix's childhood creativity as a nurtured progression that stoked an explosively influential expression in the '60s. Read full book review >

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HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2004

"So good!' (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's a hot day—it's also a "best-friend-breakup day." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMIRI & ODETTE by Walter Dean Myers
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"His Odette is truly luminous. (Picture book/poetry. 12 & up)"
The acclaimed author uproots the 19th-century classical ballet Swan Lake from its enchanted world of mist-filled lakes and palaces and plunks it solidly down into the dark, danger-filled Swan Lake Projects. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF JUMPING MOUSE by John Steptoe
Released: March 1, 1984

"Think of it perhaps as a demonstration of art's transforming power, the weaknesses of the tale (and the telling) not-withstanding."
Whatever the authenticity of Steptoe's Plains Indian legend of a seeking, selfless mouse who turns into an eagle, his powerful, over-scale picturization is apt to evoke a response—at least the first time around. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT by John Steptoe
Released: April 28, 1983

"The sanitation-man is a bore, the teacher is a horror—and if the lesson's supposed to be that kids can't do better, it's not much of one."
The idea behind that slangy title is pretty crude too—but in an almost prissy way. Read full book review >