Search Results: "Joanne Schwartz"


BOOK REVIEW

BERMUDA SCHWARTZ by Bob Morris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"The sunken-relic plot is serviceable, the Trimmingham subplot rather better. Zack himself remains an anti-authoritarian guy with attitude to spare who's just not as funny as he thinks he is."
Zack Chasteen, ex-football-playing ex-con, continues his tour of the Caribbean with a Bermuda idyll that mixes three parts rum to one part Da Vinci Code. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR CORNER GROCERY STORE by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2009

"Occasionally, the text is excessively descriptive (the candies listed in the text are clearly labeled in the artwork, for example), but overall, this warm, home-baked offering from Toronto is an affectionate tribute to small nonno-and-nonna stores everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone would be lucky to live near a grocery store like Anna Maria's Italian grandparents' charming place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINNY IN SUMMER by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An agreeable young girl named Pinny enjoys her version of a perfect day near the sea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY NUMBERS by Joanne Schwartz
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Like the first, this is more an artist's book than one for little children, but it does effectively invite readers to enjoy close and repeated examination of the form, shape and whimsy of numbers. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
The team that gave us City Alphabet (2009) takes on urban numbers in the same inventive way, still holding readers at a slight emotional distance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOWN IS BY THE SEA by Joanne Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The coal mines of Cape Breton in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia have closed, but this book recalls a time when generations of men toiled in the mines under the sea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY ALPHABET by Joanne Schwartz
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"It will certainly have readers seeing their own cities with new eyes. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
Almost an artist's book rather than a book for children, this artfully constructed alphabet book holds its strength in design rather than beauty, although a few of the images are incidentally beautiful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMOTHER PTARMIGAN by Qaunaq Mikkigak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brief, illuminating glimpse into Inuit storytelling. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Grandma tries to help her little one fall asleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VOLE BROTHERS by Roslyn Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"The vole brothers (who look like a cross between monks and Cousin Itt) could easily be mischievous tots, not incidentally the ideal audience for this playful adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
These critters are so hungry, they could eat a cat...or his dinner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Amy Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Sweetly affirming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Successively meeting Baby Elephant, Robin, Fly and Goldfish en route to market, self-possessed "big girl" Jenna chats them up with aplomb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

Young readers lucky enough to encounter both this book and Mordecai Gerstein's What Charlie Heard (2002) may never again hear the sounds of the world around them in quite the same way—they may be listening for music. Read full book review >