Search Results: "Jean Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1991

"A short and breezy look at horrendous experiences that seems to be haunted by the presence of a ghost-screenwriter."
The fine line between documentary and dream is almost eradicated in this ``true'' haunted-house tale set in the Deep South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For readers familiar with the plays, the synopses are amusing and the watercolor depictions impressive; for those using this work as an entry to Shakespeare's works, welcome. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Seven plays—Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet—have been condensed into the comic-strip panels of Williams's other retellings (The Iliad and the Odyssey, 1996, etc.); Shakespeare's words are spouted by the performers, summaries of the plot appear beneath the frames, and Elizabethan-era playgoers heckle and comment from the sides and bottom of every page—e.g., "Go on! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pair this with Diane Stanley's Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (1993) to lay far, far better groundwork for a later appreciation of some timeless classics than filmed versions, or more conventional abridgements, ever could. (Picture book. 8-10)"
With small, teeming cartoon scenes so boisterous that they frequently burst their borders, Williams (Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!, 2000, etc.) catapults readers headlong through five of Dickens's best-known melodramas, introducing an array of curly-haired naifs, roundly vivacious young women, and pasty-faced villains, as well as those distinctively colorful supporting casts of orphans, convicts, ne'er-do-wells, widows, pickpockets, ghosts, and more—all of whom speak in snatches of Dickens's own dialogue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZZY BENNET'S DIARY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Whether there's a readership for this is open to question, but it is certainly done well. Miss Austen would probably be pleased. (Dear Reader note) (Fiction/pastiche. 8-12)"
Young readers not quite ready to tackle Pride and Prejudice directly but who are yet intrigued by it might enjoy this loving tribute by the indefatigable Williams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROMANS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not a very detailed picture, but broad enough to leave younger readers with a general sense of how grand the grandeur was. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In cartoon panels, the inimitable Williams offers snapshots of ancient Rome from the mythological creation of the universe to the fall of the empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"The idiom, setting and details may be British, but young Americans will have no trouble drawing parallels between WWI and the present situation. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Williams departs from her familiar comic-strip style to present this lad's-eye view of the First World War, filling oversize spreads with collages of period post cards, taped-on bric-a-brac, newspaper clippings, foldout letters from the front and cartoons drawn in colored pencil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON CAME DOWN ON MILK STREET by Jean Gralley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A gentle, heartfelt tribute to those who work together in emergencies. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's a touch of In the Night Kitchen to this dreamlike, comforting episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN LITTLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Jean Marzollo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers and librarians will find this a good fit for story hours about counting or Christmas presents, although its trim size limits its use to smaller audiences. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Marzollo, the author of the clever rhymes in the I Spy series, offers a reverse counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN by Jean Marzollo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"2004). (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Marzollo, author of the I Spy series, here turns her hand to illustration as well in the first of a new series of Bible story retellings for young children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCHES' KITCHEN by Allen Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Despite some discrepancies between descriptions and images, especially for the human-like characters, the illustrator's talent is indisputable; still, the art can't save this. (Final art not seen.) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A Toad in a Kitchen escapes two Witch Sisters and sets off on a journey of discovery, aided by a mixed bag of friends (who befriend her for no apparent reason, despite the fact that this brings them danger and misfortune; some of them also speak in inexplicable and inconsistent dialects). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN’S TREASURE by Garth Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"While the story is a bit forced, the images are vintage Williams, warm and fuzzy and just right. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 1951, beloved illustrator Williams (Stuart Little, Bedtime for Frances, the Little House books) published a novel called The Adventures of Benjamin Pink. Read full book review >