Search Results: "Laura Watkinson"


BOOK REVIEW

MISTER ORANGE by Truus Matti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2013

"A poignant story of art, growth and loss. (further reading, websites, list of museums) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A young boy discovers the power of art during wartime in Matti's second novel (Departure Time, 2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LETTER FOR THE KING by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Short chapters and frequent mild cliffhangers make this suitable for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud; but there's little here to captivate a 21st-century reader. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
The English translation of a prizewinning 1962 Dutch historical adventure exhibits both old-school charms and flaws. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST FOR TODAY by St. John XXIII
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2015

"There's plenty of wisdom here for older children and adults of many faiths. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Landmann illustrates the decalogue of Angelo Roncalli, probably best known as Pope John XXIII and now St. John—a simple set of 10 precepts to live by. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL SUPERMARKET by Giovanna Zoboli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek reminder that good food doesn't have to come in a box, jar or plastic bag. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Would a supermarket catering to animals stock pizza? Ice cream? Sugary snacks? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 25, 2014

"Terrifying, haunting and powerful. (foreword, glossary) (Collective memoir. 12 & up)"
Dutch survivors of the Holocaust remember their years as hidden children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF LIFE by Jan Paul Schutten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A glib and occasionally spotty picture but eminently readable and generally on target. (end references, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A lighthearted view of the universe's progress, from the Big Bang to the evolution of bacteria, bonobos—and "Joe Schmo from Buffalo." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL by Simon Schwartz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though important both culturally and historically, unfortunately what should be haunting is less than. (glossary, timeline, map) (Graphic memoir. 12-18)"
A stark and pensive glimpse at a young boy's family as they immigrate to West Berlin prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESUS by Anselm Grün
by Anselm Grün, illustrated by Giuliano Ferri, translated by Laura Watkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"The Life of Jesus, by Sophie Piper and Angelo Ruta (2013), and The Light of the World, by Katherine Paterson and François Roca (2008), are better introductions to the life of Jesus for a similar age group. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
First published in Germany, this theologically confusing introduction to the life of Jesus is told through disjointed episodes that don't have any connecting narrative to help the reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS by Anselm Grün
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"Visually attractive but unlikely to appeal broadly. (Picture book/religion. 5-8) "
An introduction to the life of an early saint historically revered by both Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian traditions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKIS AND THE DONKEY by Bibi Dumon Tak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Those children who do connect with Dumon Tak's sweet, quiet tale are likely to find it will resonate deeply. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Inspired by a visit to a donkey sanctuary on the island of Corfu, this Dutch import offers a glimpse of a far-off land and a gentle lesson on caring for animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGER IS READING A BOOK by Koen Van Biesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2015

"A slight but tongue-in-cheek import with a mischievous twist. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A noisy neighbor can make reading a bit of a challenge—but there's a clever solution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOG THAT NINO DIDN'T HAVE by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"A sensitive reminder that imagination can provide comfort, though not in unlimited quantity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Nino and his imaginary dog are inseparable companions—until a tangible pet comes along. Read full book review >