Search Results: "Johanna Hurwitz"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHANNA by Claire Cooperstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

A richly detailed first novel about a hitherto unsung—at least in fiction—heroine of art history whose unswerving belief in her brother-in-law Vincent's genius preserved his legacy for posterity. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >

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ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

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DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >

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OZZIE ON HIS OWN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"The details of everyday life glow with the warmth of good hearts and close families. (Fiction. 7+)"
In this sequel to Roz and Ozzie (1992), Ozzie, eight, is spending the summer alone. Read full book review >

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A WORD TO THE WISE by Johanna Hurwitz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1994

"For such a handsome production, the result is oddly flat. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Following a short preface discussing their many honorable origins, a score of the best-known proverbs, illustrated in Rayevsky's usual pungently satirical style. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL'S OUT by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1991

"Totally satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After three books recounting his checkered third-grade career, likable Lucas Cott has a busy summer. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE OR NOTHING WITH THE TWO AND ONLY  KELLY TWINS by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Singletons' interest in twins will be piqued while multiples will find much to relate to. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The identical Kelly twins return with more stories about their unique relationship. Read full book review >

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OH NO, NOAH! by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The generous font, comfortable size, and familiar story make this a fine addition to a growing list of good choices for new readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Hurwitz's (Russell's Secret, 2001, etc.) latest warm slice of family life explores another milestone: moving to a new neighborhood. Read full book review >

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PEE-WEE’S TALE by Johanna Hurwitz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A caveat: this tale of freedom gained may leave readers longing to emancipate their own caged darlings. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A precocious guinea pig finds himself adrift in Central Park in a tale of high adventure. Read full book review >

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FARAWAY SUMMER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Pastoral woodcuts garnish each chapter with old-fashioned country still lifes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the summer of 1910, when cars begin to replace horses, and librarians still check for clean hands, New Yorker Dossi finds herself bound for a small town in Vermont, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, the charity for poor city children. Read full book review >

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'E' IS FOR ELISA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1991

"Fans are sure to enjoy this latest entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 4-10)"
These six easily read chapters about the four-year-old sister of Russell, one of Hurwitz's favorite characters, are appropriate for precocious readers and listeners as well as for Russell's third-grade contemporaries. Read full book review >