Search Results: "Julie Maren"


BOOK REVIEW

CELIA CRUZ by Veronica Chambers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

This heartfelt biography celebrates the life of Cuban singer Celia Cruz from her childhood in Havana to her international fame as the Queen of Salsa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN ORANGE IN JANUARY by Dianna Hutts Aston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A good springboard for discussing food's origins for the youngest listeners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pint-sized consumers follow an orange as it travels from blossom to truck to store and finally to lunch box in this look at how we get a taste of sunshine in the midst of wintry weather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"An uncompromising look at the thriving industry of relief agencies—which may do more harm than good to those they purport to serve."
Maren hurls stinging accusations and makes them stick: He paints development agencies (such as CARE) as self-perpetuating opportunists, funding their significant overhead through the misery of the world's unfortunates. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

RHINOS WHO PLAY BASEBALL by Julie Mammano
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A slight work, but a joyful introduction to the language of a beloved game. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A team of brightly uniformed rhinos plays baseball against a rival team of alligators. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY RIDES THE SCHOOL BUS by Julie Brillhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A reassuring tale perfect for introducing the concept of riding the bus before the big day arrives. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A maiden voyage on the school bus and all its attendant worries are the focus of this sympathetic tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SO HAPPY/SO SAD by Julie Paschkis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Paschkis's colorful portraits display a whimsical use of perspective and amiable animals who are expressive without being cute; the background patterns bloom in a robust palette. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple book—two books in one that end in the middle—with a salubrious message: ``Sometimes, you just feel happy'' and ``Sometimes, you just feel sad.'' In the first half of this book a troop of animals savors its happiness—a peacock parades while a tiger is tickled. Read full book review >