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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

SINCE 1920 by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unexceptional but attractive and useful—the final events take the story beyond the usual The Little House conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of what's happened to one neighborhood since a first couple moved out from the city 70+ years ago in order to build a new house on a piece of farm land . Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUSAN B. ANTHONY by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"She said, 'Failure is impossible,' and she was right, but unfortunately her steely determination does not come through in this book. (timeline, bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Susan B. Anthony worked to win women the right to vote her whole long life, but she did not live to see it done. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"She infuses the story with Montgomery's emotions by quoting from her writing, sourcing the quotes in the backmatter. (list of books, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
A gracefully written and prettily presented account of the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABIGAIL ADAMS by Alexandra Wallner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2001

"This intelligent, early feminist and civil-rights advocate deserves better. (Biography. 8-10)"
Abigail Adams, wife and mother of American presidents, with a remarkable story of her own, gets a rather dull introduction to her life in Wallner's (Sergio and the Hurricane, 2000, etc.) picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST AIR VOYAGE IN THE UNITED STATES by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1996

"In few pages and relatively few words, Wallner (Beatrix Potter, 1995, etc.) conveys plenty of information about Blanchard and his preferred means of transport. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A charming book biography, subtitled ``The Story of Jean- Pierre Blanchard,'' about an early aeronaut and his 1793 balloon trip across New Jersey, as he might have narrated it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FARMER IN THE DELL by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"The music and lyrics are provided on the final page of this charming work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A favorite song of childhood gets Wallner's sprightly folk-art treatment in pen-and-ink and watercolor. Read full book review >