Search Results: "Karen Houppert"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"Provocative journalism—the kind that provides information on questions no one even thought to ask—on a subject that impacts all girls and women, plus their teachers and physicians. (b&w illustrations)"
Who would have guessed that there are serious issues around menstruation, a bodily function that's been around since Eve got tossed from Eden? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHASING GIDEON by Karen Houppert
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2013

"A well-researched and -written investigation that shows the inadequacies in stark human terms rather than as an abstraction."
A journalist explores the quality of indigent defense 50 years after Gideon v. Wainwright mandated adequate counsel for any person charged with a felony. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOW I'M BIG! by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Faux pas aside, it's a sweet celebration of leaving baby days behind. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There's a lot to like in this book about all things "big kid." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST RAMADAN by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"While more details would be useful, the text is appropriate as an introduction. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this simple explanation of Ramadan, a little boy explains that he will be fasting for the first time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWELVE HATS FOR LENA by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In a broad, simple, Anne Rockwell-like manner, Katz (Excuse Me!, not reviewed, etc.) poses a child peering out delightedly from beneath 12 big hats, each decorated with an array of iconic items. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

KISS BABY'S BOO-BOO by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"After reading this, what grown-up will resist kissing the baby—boo-boo or not! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Nothing works better than a "kiss kiss" on a "boo-boo" in Katz's newest entry celebrating the baby world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINDOWS WITH BIRDS by Karen Ritz
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Touching, unique and wise, a perfectly pitched tale of acceptance of the inevitable changes of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cat lives in a house "that [has] windows with birds, / twenty-six stairs, / twenty- hiding places, and / one foolish mouse in the basement." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >