Search Results: "Jos. A. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

BANDIT'S MOON by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"What holds it together is the tense but warm relationship between Annyrose and Joaquin; Fleischman infuses their scenes with charm and offers plenty of excitement set in an intriguing historical period. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fleischman (The Abracadabra Kid, 1996, etc.) tells a meandering but effective story of a Mexican outlaw and a spunky "gringo" girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOWING by Jessie Haas
by Jessie Haas, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

When Gramp takes the horses out to mow hay, little Nora comes along; it's not safe for her to ride while the cutter bar is lowered, but she can help by watching for animals in the tall grass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

'MINE WILL,' SAID JOHN by Helen V. Griffith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"Griffith's concise narration is briskly humorous, while Smith's realistically painted figures, silhouetted on a clean white ground, have a lively appeal that recalls Ted Rand's illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
John wants a puppy; his parents hope he'll settle for something quieter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"An excellent example of what picture-book biography can be. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The son of a wealthy planter in the West Indies, naturalist and frontiersman John James Audubon devoted himself to difficult journeys through American forests, swamps, mountains, and plains in search of plants and animals unknown to science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREGOR MENDEL by Cheryl Bardoe
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A lovely tribute. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
The life and work of the father of modern genetic study receive a quiet exploration in this offering, published in association with The Field Museum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEP BY STEP by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Long a favorite in Wolkstein's storytelling repertoire, a spare, well- honed tale in an appealing setting that will make it a winner with the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Right from the title page, where the little ant sits on a chair backed with mapleseeds to don four red sneakers, children will gleefully enter Smith's world of enormous-looking grasses and leaves as seen from an insect's point of view. ``Step by step'' she travels from home, over stones and under branches, to meet her friend, a grasshopper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAY BOY by Mirra Ginsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Fans of the gingerbread boy and Jack Kent's retelling of Fat Cat (1971) will relish this hungry clay Frankenstein and his shattering comeuppance. (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
Ginsburg (The Old Man and His Birds, 1994, etc.) borrows freely from Russian folklore to create her own version of the tale of the ravenous clay boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAUDE MONET by P.I. Maltbie
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Admirable. (author's note, reproductions of Monet's work, index/glossary, list of Monet paintings in U.S./Canadian collections, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A handsome and child-friendly introduction to the Impressionist master. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT by Nicholas Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The giant, sweet-faced and benign, but very large, looks suitably ready to burst off the page. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The giant in the painting in Mrs. Bell's living room is so realistic he looks ``quite ready to jump off the canvas onto Mrs. Bell's carpet.'' And that's exactly what he does. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANNY AND THE KINGS by Susan Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Something different, and very nice, for the Christmas collection. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the renowned author of The Dark is Rising series, a Christmas tale in which the Three Kings, in the guise of truck drivers, bring a Christmas tree to a poor family: a gentle story of fraternal affection and childlike faith, with the miraculous ending diminished not an iota by the trailer park and truckstop setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARSHINE AND SUNGLOW by Betty Levin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

When the Flints decide they're too old to cope with the blackbirds, crows, and raccoons that take an annual toll on the corn they've always shared with neighbors, three kids organize a cooperative effort and convince the couple, after all, to plant such poetically named favorites as Golden Queen, Sunglow, and Starshine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EEK! CREAK! SNICKER, SNEAK by Rhonda Gowler Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"On repeated reads, kids will eagerly join in with the word sounds as they anticipate the child-size victory. (Picture Book. 4-7)"
When all the town is fast asleep, two creatures crawl and creep, making eerie sounds and playing scary tricks on children. Read full book review >