Search Results: "John Archambault"


BOOK REVIEW

KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE by Ted  Rand
Released: Oct. 15, 1987

"An excellent contribution."
Still gaining strength and dimension, this talented trio offers a fifth book: as an old Indian retells the story of his grandson's birth and early years, their loving relationship is revealed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN by John Archambault
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A warm, optimistic work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandmother's Garden ($13.95; PLB $15.95; book & cassette $19.95; Aug. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-382-39653-7; PLB 0-382-39652-9; book & cassette 0-382-39664-2): In an extended poetic metaphor, Archambault (The Birth of the Whale, p. 222, etc.) compares the earth to Grandmother Rose's garden, where all flowers grow together. ``Different colors, different faces, different names/Underneath our skin, we are all the same./We are flowering faces reaching for the sun./In Grandmother's garden, we are all one./In Grandmother's garden, we are all one.'' These words seem to belong to a song, and here are sunnily set to Col¢n's illustrations, created in his now-trademark style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRTH OF A WHALE by John Archambault
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrated spreads in washed shades of aqua and deep blue are accurate but not very engaging. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
Archambault (Counting Sheep, 1989, not reviewed, etc.) writes brief verse about the birth of a humpback whale that makes a usually majestic event somewhat trite and even boring. ``A humpback whale sings its song, diving deep through the deep water dark./The deep water dark, the deep water dark, singing, dancing in the deep water dark.'' The refrain and accompanying illustration are repeated seven times during the course of the book, adding length but little content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOM CHICKA ROCK by John Archambault
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Jazzy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Spirited torn-paper collages show the nighttime romp of a group of mice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARN DANCE! by Ted  Rand
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children."
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE ARE MY HANDS by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1987

"With bright colors, simple but evocative illustrations and a clear, succinct text, this is just right for the youngest when they are learning to describe themselves."
A dozen suitably assorted five- or six-year-olds point out different parts of the body, each accompanied by half of a rhymed couplet: "Here are my feet for stopping and going. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTING KITTENS by David Plummer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"The end words often only approximate rhymes, and the meter—frequently distorted—does not facilitate reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Counting Kittens (32 pp.; $13.95; PLB $15.95; Apr. 1997; 0-382- 39650-2; PLB 0-382-39649-9): Cute kittens of the greeting-card variety overrun the pages of an awkwardly written counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1988

"Dad eating our popcorn while he waits and the almost-lost ticket are realistic touches."
A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE DYNAMITE & CURLY KIDD by Ted  Rand
Released: April 28, 1986

"A fine addition to any picture-book collection."
You pass anxious moments when your father rides bulls in the rodeo, especially when he draws the likes of white Dynamite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JANUSZ KORCZAK’S CHILDREN by Gloria Speilman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A lackluster rendering when compared with David Adler's A Hero and the Holocaust, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth (2002). (afterword, chronology, bibliography) (Biography. 7-10)"
The Polish Jewish writer and educator Janusz Korczak was best known for his medical career and the orphanage he developed and directed under a progressive educational philosophy harboring children's rights. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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