Search Results: "Karen Reczuch"


BOOK REVIEW

WEST COAST WILD by Deborah Hodge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"To say the book is simply a nature alphabet is an understatement. Altogether, the 26 selections create a panoramic experience in print—East Coast dwellers will want one of their own. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
"There is a wild and beautiful place where an ancient rainforest meets the ocean.…Come and explore the Pacific west coast" via the ABCs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DUST BOWL by David Booth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The grainy, nostalgic illustrations in muted earth tones capture the energy of dust storms: A cloud of hot, sucking wind frightens the horse, knits the brow of the grandmother, and creases the faces of children walking against the wind. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Booth (Doctor Knickerbocker and Other Rhymes, 1993, etc.) uses a present-day drought on a Canadian farm as a prompt for a grandfather's gritty reminiscence of the hardscrabble times during the 1930s Dust Bowl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AUCTION by Jan Andrews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"In her picture book debut, Reczuch is overgeometrical in many of her details, and her figures are almost wooden; still, the story's authentic human warmth glows from her illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From two Canadians, a bittersweet goodbye to a family farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORNING ON THE LAKE by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"If readers feel a shiver down their spines while reading these pages, it will be because this tale is informed by an awe of nature, the chill of dark trees, and the spiritualism inherent in finding an eagle feather. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This tale conveys to readers how a morning glide through still lake waters in a canoe, amid haze and reeds, can be more valuable than actually reaching any destination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOON by Susan Vande Griek
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Though the book's two components coexist uneasily, each is notable, and children in loon country will be fascinated by such a thorough exploration. (Informational picture book. 4-7) "
The life cycles of two baby loons are presented in this lyrical picture book. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE PUPPY, THREE TALES by Karen Salmansohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Trite, semi-legible, and over-designed. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Only readers who can tackle Marissa Moss's Amelia's Notebook (1995) and its sequels without eyestrain will be comfortable reading this hand-written, neon-colored monologue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST KWANZAA by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A solid, sweet, and meaty choice for holiday reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With colorful collage and mixed-media illustrations alongside brief, yet informative text, Katz's latest offers youngsters an engaging introduction to the African-American holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE MOON by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"As in Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (1996), both text and pictures are suffused with anticipation and joyful welcome at the baby's arrival. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A happy, colorful book about a man and woman dreaming of their soon-to-be-born adopted baby, receiving the news of her birth, and flying to the ``faraway place'' where they meet their child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY'S BIG BUSY BOOK by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Little fingers will enjoy exploring these pages again and again. (Board book. 1-3)"
A day in Baby's life, with flaps, textures, sparkly bling, and mirrors to explore. Read full book review >