Search Results: "John Frank"


BOOK REVIEW

LEND A HAND by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"At once familiar and slightly out of the box, these giving scenes gently suggest that even the smallest acts can inspire and achieve great ends. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Frank and Ladd join forces to present common opportunities for children to help others. Read full book review >

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THE TOUGHEST COWBOY by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Pullen's comical oil paintings, with their stunning Western landscapes and deliberately distorted cowboy caricatures, fit this clever tall-tale read-aloud to a T. The full-bleed photographs of burlap on the endpapers are a nice touch, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tall tale—which demystifies the taming of the Wild West—stars cowboy Grizz Brickbottom, who flosses with barbed wire and drinks a quart of Tabasco sauce a day. Read full book review >

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A CHILL IN THE AIR by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Though there's never enough poetry, particularly for younger audiences, this collaboration is too uneven to consider as more than a secondary choice. (Poetry. 5-7)"
In simply phrased verses, nearly all previously unpublished, Frank notes in sequence autumn's changing leaves and dropping temperatures, the appearance of snow, ice, and bitter winds, and then early signs of spring at last. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ERIN'S VOYAGE by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The highly colored, expressionistic illustrations are sure to dazzle, although a story that appears to encourage solo midnight boat trips may be one that will give parents pause. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When Erin visits the attic of her grandfather's country house, she is enchanted by the discovery of an old doll packed in a brass-hinged wooden box. Read full book review >

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KEEPERS by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Perhaps Miss Stretchberry could ask Jack and his classmates to write their own object poems inspired by these amazing photos, enabling them to join the ranks of such poets as Ralph Fletcher or Valerie Worth. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In Sharon Creech's verse novel Love that Dog (2001), Miss Stretchberry knew how to engage her student Jack with poetry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO CATCH A FISH by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Along with glimpses of ice fishers on Baffin Island, snorklers in New Caledonia, seine fishers in Tobago, cormorant tenders in Japan and more, sensitive young readers will catch a feeling here for the universal ties between parent and child that rise from any shared activity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
There definitely isn't just one way, as Frank and Sylvada demonstrate in deft poetry and impressionistic scenes of anglers worldwide. Read full book review >

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THE TOMB OF THE BOY KING by John Frank
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 9, 2001

"A great way to pique interest in a discovery that's still fascinating after so many years. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The exciting tale of the archaeological dig that resulted in the discovery of the incredible treasures of King Tut's tomb. Read full book review >

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ODDS 'N' ENDS ALVY by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"But audacious print treatment doesn't make up for the story's triviality, while the hooliganism of its logic (the desk stops at Alvy's door but not for a speeding train) will make readers ready to abandon the rickety ride. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Alvy has a reputation as transformer of salvaged objects; still, his classmates are astonished when his souped-up desk zooms away during recess. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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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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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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