Search Results: "John Wallner"


BOOK REVIEW

J.R.R. TOLKIEN by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beguiling art props up a profile that reads like a school report. (timeline, bibliography, notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A quick life of the great fantasist is given wings by allusive painted illustrations. 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

HONEST ABE LINCOLN by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 15, 2009

"The timeline and source notes may be unusual in an early chapter book, but they're a welcome addition for the budding historian. (Early reader/biography. 5-8)"
Seven chapters introduce early readers to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >

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TO THE ZOO by Lee Bennett Hopkins
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Using multiple insets and frames, Wallner provides plenty to look at in each carefully composed double spread; his gently anthropomorphized animals aren't sentimentally portrayed, but they do have popular appeal and should help draw readers to this pleasant collection. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)"
Nineteen more or less contemporary poems, most of them previously published but relatively unfamiliar; each is brief, lyrical, and expresses a child's pleasure or curiosity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIN-YO AND THE MOON DRAGON by Elizabeth Hillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Acceptable, but hardly essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moon is slowly falling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2005

The third of Adler's rewritten versions of volumes in his Picture Book Biography series follows the first two in supplying additional facts and dates, including endnotes, a reading list and a list of his sources—all presented in an early-chapter-book format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEATRIX POTTER by Alexandra Wallner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Several children's biographies of Potter are in print; it's good to have one for this audience. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Wallner (Betsy Ross, 1994) has written a beginning biography of a woman as familiar to children as Mother Goose, but whose life is much easier to track. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN LENNON by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Intelligent and sympathetic, but overlong and unfocused."
Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Read full book review >