Search Results: "John Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

KENTE COLORS by Debbi Chocolate
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"These group portraits under generally African skies interpret the rhymes in a realistic and thoughtful way; simply composed tableaux convey a consistently strong sense of people and landscapes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As Chocolate (My First Kwanzaa Book, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) states in her introduction, kente is a bright, colorful cloth made by the Ashante and the Ewe in Ghana and Togo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANIAC MONKEYS ON MAGNOLIA STREET by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Her sunny outlook and the recurring emphasis on friendship may win fans. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)"
This chapter book finds Charlene, or Charlie, getting accustomed to a move to Magnolia Street. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FREEDOM RIDDLE by Angela Shelf Medearis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The large, heavy oil paintings have a subdued palette, featuring mainly Jim and others on the plantation; the different postures in which the characters are depicted contribute to the expressiveness of the narration, as if they were actors in a theatrical piece. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Medearis (Skin Deep, p. 860, etc.) offers an upbeat retelling of a story that first appeared in William J. Faulkner's The Days When the Animals Talked, about a slave who wins his freedom by offering his master a riddle he can't solve. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIREFLIES FOR NATHAN by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A lyrical story that captures the feeling of childhood summers. (Picture book. 4+)"
When six-year old Nathan goes to visit his grandparents in the country, he wants to know what his father was like as a six-year- old boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUS RIDE by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 1998

"The approach is low-key, but readers will feel the winds of history rustle in these pages. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Miller (Richard Wright and the Library Card, 1997, etc.) reimagines the story of Rosa Parks's historic refusal to give up her bus seat as it might have happened to Sara, a young girl with an intuitive grasp of right and wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAR WASHING STREET by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A simple story, celebrating the joys of a special kind of good fun; Ward captures the good humor in admirable style, in open, realistic paintings that depict these African-Americans and their Latino neighbors as vibrant, friendly, and full of purpose. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On a summer day, Matthew enjoys a familiar happening: Though his family doesn't own a car, he and Daddy—on a tidy street of brownstones with generous stoops—watch their neighbors wash theirs. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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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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BOOK REVIEW

COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PELLY AND MR. HARRISON VISIT THE  MOON by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"All in all, a light, imaginative romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The going-to-bed routine morphs into a fantastic adventure when Pelly notices an unusual fixture attached to her family's bathtub. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T EAT THE BABYSITTER! by Nick Ward
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2006

"Will appeal to the shark lovers more than to the parents of their own wild child. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sammy is a rather excitable shark, who tends to bite things when emotions run high; in his last outing, Don't Eat the Teacher (2004), it was his schoolmates and supplies. Read full book review >