Search Results: "Julie Kulak"


BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOUR EARS ON YOUR KNEES? by Betty Kohlman
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"A fun way to blend facts about bugs with a classic children's fiction theme."
Kohlman's picture book celebrates the differences that make each creature—or person—unique while providing interesting insect facts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Sarah Elton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A lively and informative introduction to food, great for browsing while avoiding shopping or dreaming up the next meal. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
For young people beginning to take an interest in cooking, Canadian food writer Elton offers an overview of the world of food, a context for kids' adventures in the kitchen. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"The enormous popularity of dance and music videos and TV dance competitions should provide a ready and eager audience of children and teens who love to move. (index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
From ballet to breakdancing and from backyard to Broadway, a guide to all aspects of practice, production and performance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEARN TO SPEAK FILM by Michael Glassbourg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Readers may come away knowing how to talk the talk, as the title promises, but little more. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A quick overview of how movies are made, offering encouragement and generic advice rather than specific information. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"The whole is written in a gender-neutral tone, without condescension but with a certain number of assumptions about access to technology and tools like cameras and sewing machines. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The third in a series of lively approaches to creative endeavors (Learn to Speak Dance, by Ann-Marie Williams and illustrated by Jeff Kulak, 2011, etc.), this offers genuine advice amid a sea of exclamation points. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The occasional mini-playlists and rare specific tips won't give budding musicians, producers and agents much to work with, and there are no addresses or other resource lists. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Rightly observing that "there's always room for one more song, one more voice," Crossingham offers encouragement and advice for young rock-star wannabes based on his years of touring and recording with several indie bands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

P. ZONKA LAYS AN EGG by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hen P. Zonka annoys the other chickens in the yard: Instead of laying eggs, she spends her time carefully observing, and marveling at, the natural world around her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ARTIST AND THE KING by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2014

"Parts of this may fly over younger audiences' heads, but the general point is adroitly made. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOOSHKA, A QUILT STORY by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Vivid artwork, a lively, endearing heroine and a warm, loving look at a pivotal experience give this one classic potential. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Like the beautiful quilt showcased on glowing endpapers and throughout this tale, a preschooler's active imagination (probably) and an exciting (or not) addition are pieced together with family stories to create a new-baby/favorite-blanket story that's likely to become an old favorite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHIMSY'S HEAVY THINGS by Julie Kraulis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The message—tackle your problems by breaking them into smaller pieces—may be a worthy one, but breaking down this book only yields more and more problems for author and readers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A worthy idea is lost in this ungentle metaphor for dealing with big problems in everyday life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YELLOW ELEPHANT by Julie Larios
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"The inventive colorations will intrigue children, who might wish to meet a pink kitty or a turquoise lizard. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Fourteen familiar animals are the focus of this poetry collection, with each poem describing one animal's color and personality. Read full book review >