Search Results: "Judith Chernaik"


BOOK REVIEW

LOVE'S CHILDREN by Judith Chernaik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1992

"A notable accomplishment."
A stunningly imaginative re-creation of a year in the lives of four women drawn to the poet Shelley by his ideals, his looks, and his passionate zeal to reform the world, from Chernaik (Double Fault, 1975; The Daughter, 1979). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"A limp effort, particularly next to John Lithgow's exuberant interpretation, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (2004). (CD) (Picture book. 7-9)"
From James Berry's grand "Lion," "staring with fearless look / Wild beast outdoing all," to Kit Wright's annoyed hens, who dismiss the proud cock as "just a feathered fathead / With a very silly walk!" the 13 new, short poems here echo the general tone of each section in Saint-Saëns's ever-popular work—though to call them "inspired" is, with some notable exceptions, pushing it. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A FRIEND by Judith Inglese
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Aims high but misses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Staid pictures make a poor match for a child's free-flying introduction to an imaginary friend. Read full book review >

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DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The subtext here- -the value of written communication—is disarmingly wrapped in the warmly depicted relationship between generations, nicely extended in the cheerful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In describing a correspondence between a child and her grandfather, Caseley deftly outlines the girl's growth. Read full book review >

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JORAH'S JOURNAL by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"The resolution comes too easily, cramming all of Jorah's adjustment period into just a few days, but her predicament will still ring true for emerging readers. (Fiction. 7+)"
Caseley (Witch Mama, 1996, etc.) presents a hurried-up, condensed look at the first days of a third-grader in her new home. Read full book review >

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CHLOE IN THE KNOW by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 1993

"A class trip to N.Y.C.'s Chinatown, knowledge that her own mother once unwittingly hurt her grandmother's feelings, worry over a crossing-guard's absence—these morsels make up Chloe's world; her triumphs should bring a smile. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Independent-minded Chloe, eldest child of three in the Kane family (Hurricane Harry, 1991, etc.), accompanies her mother through amniocentesis, sticks up for little brother Harry when he's unjustly accused of lying, and admits she's plagiarized a poem for her grandmother's birthday. Read full book review >

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WITCH MAMA by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama. (Picture book. 4+)"
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADAKO'S CRANES by Judith Loske
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A pretty but overworked addition to the well-stocked shelf of tributes to a silent but nonetheless eloquent voice for peace. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The story of "Hiroshima's most famous victim" is matched to delicate sepia illustrations decorated with images of brightly patterned origami cranes. Read full book review >

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ON THE TOWN by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"A natural choice for a unit on community as well as sparking a child's own exploration. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A class assignment sends Charlie and his mother on an exploration of the neighborhood in Caseley's (Bully, 2001, etc.) curriculum-oriented offering. Read full book review >

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BULLY by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Caseley's flat, vaguely primitive art seems simple at first, but it is filled with the details of ordinary life at home and school and lends just the right air of authenticity to the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Returning to the characters from Field Day Friday (2000), Caseley offers some sensible advice about handling a bully. Read full book review >

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DOROTHY'S DARKEST DAYS by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"This is a good look at life's ups and downs that is never morose—despite the somber title and the jacket painting, in which Dorothy appears to be coping with a terminal illness. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Caseley's Kane family (Chloe in the Know, 1993, etc.) returns in a series of vignettes about Dorothy's troubles. Read full book review >

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SLUMBER PARTY! by Judith Caseley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1996

"Something of a primer on overnights (birthday and otherwise), this has loads of personality and is sure to engage. (Picture book. 5+)"
The audience for this book? Read full book review >