Search Results: "Karen Barbour"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. BOW TIE by Karen Barbour
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 4-8)*justify no*"
Two kids tell how their dad's gift of a meal to the homeless man who sleeps outside their neighborhood store leads first to an informal exchange of his help (sweeping the sidewalk, etc.) for more food and eventually to his going happily away with his parents, contacted through ``a big office.'' Barbour (who illustrated Adoff's Flamboyan, 1988) is a gifted artist whose vibrant colors and comfortably rounded forms are not especially appropriate to the topic; and while the kindness and respect shown towards this troubled veteran (whose name proves to be ``Elliot Lyman Bristow'') are laudable, the conclusion is unrealistic: jacket copy reveals that ``the real Mr. Bow Tie remains on the streets.'' Well-intentioned but simplistic. Read full book review >

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MR. WILLIAMS by Karen Barbour
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"What a delightful way to show young readers 'how it was back then.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mr. J.W. Williams grew up in rural Louisiana during the Depression. Read full book review >

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YOU WERE LOVED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A marvelous integration of color, image and verbal rhythm sure to delight and to become a must-purchase for newborns and their parents. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bunting creates a universe of feeling using deceptively simple language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"In the interim, however, this serves as a fine introduction to a stimulating thinker whose influence continues to rise as therapy becomes more pragmatic and less dogmatic."
Eminently useful, although somewhat contradictory, this admiring intellectual biography of an iconoclastic psychoanalyst recapitulates the strengths and weaknesses of its subject's thought. Read full book review >

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KAREN MEMORY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic."
Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE by Julius Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"It's an effort that could easily founder under its own earnestness, but the lighthearted, avuncular tone and vivid art combine to make a surprisingly effective package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
A comforting direct address asks readers to think of themselves as stories, and to consider the elements of their stories: families, favorite foods, hobbies, etc.—"Oh. Read full book review >

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THE ANCESTORS ARE SINGING by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2003

"A good addition where books about Mexico are needed. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Twenty-nine poems in free verse and haiku celebrate Mexico's dramatic history and continuing traditions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Karen Lost and Found by Karen Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An unforgettable memoir about a lesser-known legacy of domestic violence."
Wilson's first-person account of living with a traumatic brain injury. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Like Eloise Greenfield's similarly themed In the Land of Words (2003), this will draw plenty of readers and listeners with its bright colors, and bright words. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Fifteen poets, from Emily Dickinson to Karla Kuskin, celebrate the pleasures of communicating, while Barbour underscores those pleasures with dazzling, sometimes kaleidoscopic scenes of open books and stylized, often unusually colored human or animal figures. Read full book review >

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LAUGHING OUT LOUD, I FLY by Juan Felipe Herrera
NONFICTION
Released: May 31, 1998

"This is poetry to read aloud, to read quickly, to understand more with the heart than with the head. (Poetry. 12-14)"
Citing Picasso's Hunk of Skin as his inspiration, Herrera (Calling the Doves/El Canto de las Palomas, 1995) offers 22 poems in facing English and Spanish versions, printed over Barbour's pale, floating figures of images from Mexican folk art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

How I Married Karen by Robert J. Avrech
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A delightfully romantic, true story of unabashed, unapologetic and unwavering persistence."
A memoir about a young man's coming-of-age as an Orthodox Jew in New York and his protracted courtship of his wife. Read full book review >

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FIRE! FIRE! HURRY! HURRY! by Andrea Zimmerman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"A joyful celebration of team work, sure to please the preschool set. (Fiction. 4-6)"
Again and again, a team of four-legged firefighters puts dinner on hold when a series of fires breaks out in the neighborhood. Read full book review >