Search Results: "Larry Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE by Nikki Giovanni
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Johnson makes a fine picture book debut with richly hued impressionistic double spread oil paintings, but—at least for those with limited budgets—the price seems high for the limited content. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
From the author's first book, Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968), a brief (68-word) poem describing summers spent with her grandparents in the mountainous country setting where she was born, presented with attractive illustrations reflecting the poem's sense of family love and community strength. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAIN by Charles Temple
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"For story hour sharing or quiet read-alones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his driving, rhythmic text, Temple (Cadillac, 1995) evokes all the huffing, puffing, swaying, clacking, rattling wonder of a long train ride—from daybreak departure to nighttime, when ``the seats go turning into beds.'' Johnson's loosely painted, full-bleed acrylics nicely capture the mood of the journey from every angle; sometimes he focuses on the passengers and interiors of the train, other times he views the train from the distant perspective of a man in jail or the cows in the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET TO FREEDOM by Marcia Vaughan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2001

"Due to the mature nature of the material and one particularly disturbing spread of Albert being whipped by the overseer, this is a book for older children. (glossary, afterword) (Picture book. 9-11)"
Great Aunt Lucy recalls the time just before the Civil War when as slaves she and her older brother, Albert, helped others escape by using the patterns in quilts to send secret messages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINGING WITH MOMMA LOU by Linda Jacobs Altman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

Tamika decides to try to restore her grandmother's memory in this realistic story about a family dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. Read full book review >

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GRANDDADDY'S GIFT by Margaree King Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"With robust paintings by Johnson, the book will be instructive for those—of every age—without a clear understanding of how dearly won are rights they may take for granted. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A sensitive effort from Mitchell (Uncle Jed's Barbershop, 1993), about a courageous man in the segregated South who steadfastly pursued a goal (in this case, the right to vote), creating a legacy of pride and hope for the young girl who tells his story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"An exhaustive but frequently impenetrable exercise in teasing hidden meanings out of the works of Kant, Freud, and others."
An interpretation of various works using anagrams and other cryptographic methods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 9, 2011

"A straightforward, engaging book sure to be an important refresher that will keep nonprofits grounded in the fundamentals of fundraising."
In his debut business title, Johnson outlines how nonprofit fundraisers can build on the basics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CARTOON GUIDE TO CALCULUS by Larry Gonick
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"This is no idiot's guide to math, but it could be useful as a supplement to a standard course in calculus."
A tour of calculus from the polymath whose illustrated guides have illuminated a wide range of subjects, from genetics and sex to the environment and the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEBOAN AND SEEGWUN by Charles Larry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"Afterword. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
An Anishinabe (Ojibwa) riddle/myth about the turning seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ATTACK OF THE SMART PIES by Larry Gonick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sporting an array of odd forms in the tiny vignettes with which this tale is sprinkled, the New Muses may keep their current fans amused, but they're unlikely to draw many new ones with this offbeat episode. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A zany premise and an equally off-the-wall plot keep this wandering tale—the first separate outing for characters with a regular gig in MUSE magazine—afloat, but just barely. Read full book review >