Search Results: "Jinny Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO BIRDS by Jinny Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"The full-color illustrations and photos, in a variety of styles, lack the cohesion and detail Richard Orr brought to Barbara Taylor's superior The Bird Atlas (1993); this production is handsome but superficial. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A glossy introduction to birds that loosely groups the 20 orders of living birds into seven chapters: ``Ground and Game Birds,'' ``Seabirds,'' ``Waterbirds and Cranes,'' ``Wading Birds,'' ``Owls and Birds of Prey,'' ``Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air,'' and ``Songbirds.'' Within each chapter Johnson provides an introductory page on how the birds live, boxes illustrating typical beaks and feet, and a chart of the main families. Read full book review >

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"The Germans may have failed to destroy England, but this book hits its target."
Strong young characters, a solidly researched historical storyline and expressive illustrations work well here, as they did in Berten and Schott's previous partnership (Littsie of Cincinnati, 2003). Read full book review >

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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 >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

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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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LOOK AT THE BABY by Kelly Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the rhyme concludes: 'sweet, sweet, sweet!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
A photographic investigation of a baby from head to toe lends itself to repeat visits to its adorable subjects. Read full book review >

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EDDIE’S KINGDOM by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eddie's kingdom is an apartment building that houses a mixture of eccentric tenants. Read full book review >

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HENRY CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Young readers may not understand concepts of tax protest and slavery, but would welcome reading another story about a familiar and unique character whose deep moral convictions are expressed in simple, daily deeds. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In his third book about Henry David Thoreau, Johnson describes a more complex concept: how people can change bad laws without fighting. Read full book review >

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A MOUSE'S TALE by Pamela Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her first solo effort, an accomplished illustrator (Stolz's fantasies; science books about animals) describes a mouse who, wanting to go to sea, considers many progressively smaller vessels (ship, ferry, rowboat, etc.) before imaginatively constructing her own boat of natural materials. Read full book review >