Search Results: "John Kanzler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by John Kanzler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Although there is no mention of the traditional or the Ives version of the song, the author does include his lyrics with a musical arrangement by Bluegrass musicians Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With a wink and a nod to the hobo song popularized, as a child's song, in the '40s by Burl Ives, this version changes the lyrics (and rhythm) even more to include root beer floats, chocolate eggs, candy trees, s'mores, and a family that frolics with bears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASS PETS by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mice siblings Jake and Molly are looking for a home, and Miss Clark's classroom is as inviting as anywhere else. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASS PETS by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Young readers will be eager to see what develops in future episodes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Two quarrelsome but close mice suffer narrow squeaks in this tongue-in-cheek series opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUNDOWN KID by Barbara Bietz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Welcoming guests and even strangers to the dinner table is part of the Shabbat ritual, and it's celebrated nicely here. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After moving to a town in the Old West, a young, white Jewish boy and his parents find celebrating Shabbat to be a lonely tradition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE LUCY GOES TO SCHOOL by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Children will likely long to see a dog in their own schools as they decode their ways to reading success. (Early reader. 6-8)"
A curious beagle who gets loose in school sees all sorts of new things in this early-reader tale that has faint echoes of "The Gingerbread Man." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"In contrast, this rendition is in fine fettle with its down-home cadence, rustic setting and spunky characterizations that resemble Marcia Sewell's style. (author's note, music for two songs) (Picture book/folktale. 3-6)"
When the old woman who lives in a little house on the hill finds a copper penny, she goes to town to buy a fat pig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRICELESS GIFTS by Martha Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"An author's note regarding spice trade and related titles is included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Storytellers Hamilton and Weiss invoke the exotic days of the spice trade in their retelling of a traditional Italian folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >