Search Results: "John Kanzler"


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 >

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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: 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

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

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

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 >

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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 >

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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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