Search Results: "JoAnn E. Kitchel"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HEROIC SYMPHONY by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

This companion to The Farewell Symphony (2000) and Pictures at an Exhibition (2003) melodramatically recounts the genesis of Beethoven's Third Symphony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY by Anna Harwell Celenza
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Kitchel's watercolor and ink illustrations capture Haydn's dilemma and the Prince's reluctant change of heart most eloquently. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The life of a musician has never been easy. Read full book review >

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SAINT-SAËNS'S DANSE MACABRE by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An intriguing if fanciful introduction to a musical classic. (Picture book. 6-9)"
"Zig and zig and zig. Maestro Death keeps time." A friend's poem and a visit to the catacombs underneath Paris in 1872 inspire composer Camille Saint-Saëns to write a now-famous orchestral piece echoing the sounds of dancing, clacking skeletal bones. Read full book review >

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VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS by Anna Harwell Celenza
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Seventh of a series of music-appreciation books for young readers covering composers and interpreters from Bach to Ellington, this is a useful introduction to a beloved classic. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In 18th-century Venice, a young priest named Vivaldi taught music to the orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà and later composed a concerto for them, the first of four "seasons," each with an accompanying sonnet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEOPATRA THE GREAT by Joann Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"A perfect complement to Stacey Schiff's excellent Cleopatra: A Life (2010). Readers interested in Cleopatra and her world are advised to read both."
Egyptologist Fletcher (The Search for Nefertiti, 2004) takes on the legendary Egyptian queen. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE PLEASURES by JoAnn Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"The motivations often strain credibility, but, still, an engaging romantic read."
Second hardcover from the author of Secret Sins (1990): a contemporary romance that delves into worlds as disparate as auction houses, fashion modeling, and the particular problems of the deaf. Read full book review >

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THE BIRTHDAY LETTERS by Charlotte Pomerantz
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"Adinolfi's artwork, though hip and darting and with an eye for any humor that can be wrung from the text, ultimately can't keep the dreary story afloat. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Despite some funny touches, Pomerantz's story of the tedious bickering between two kids gets hoist on its own petard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER'S SECRET LIFE by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Adinolfi's eccentric, color-drenched artwork makes the after-hours classrooms look somewhat eerie, but mostly snug. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A boy figures he's got the scoop on his teacher's life once the last bell rings: Mrs. Quirk tidies the halls with the rest of the teachers, works out with the gym teacher, sups on leftovers from the cafeteria, listens to a story, and, along with her colleagues, unfurls an air mattress from her desk drawer at bedtime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RABBI’S CAT by Joann Sfar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"An unexpectedly haunting work from a major talent."
An Algerian rabbi's cat gains the power of speech, giving it all the greater ability for mischief. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL by JoAnn Adinolfi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The sheer looniness of the premise combines with potty humor for a fairly specialized audience; readers looking for a traditional friendship book may find themselves averting their eyes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Can eyeballs be characters if they don't have a face to sit in? If you add stick arms and legs, they can. When they link up with a "teeny tiny hamster" who's in search of a big adventure, the result is a goofy plot. Read full book review >

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THE EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR by JoAnn  Adinolfi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story will grow on you, as will the stylized, altered-state illustrations, richly colored confections as loopy as the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Egyptologists (in all honesty) have found hieroglyphics recording plans for a polar bear's burial vault. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAND AND FOG by Jim Brandenburg
NATURE
Released: April 25, 1994

Once again, a noted photographer (To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves, 1993) visits an apparently desolate region and finds it full of life and beauty. Read full book review >