Search Results: "Layne Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS FOR A KITTEN by Robin Pulver
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Her illustrations are filled with glowing tones, the golden kitty, Christmas lights and ornaments, and welcoming lights in the windows. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An orange kitten, tossed in a sack to the side of the road, hides in the trunk of a car as its occupants load a freshly cut Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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DAMON, PYTHIAS, AND THE TEST OF FRIENDSHIP  by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"An unusual tale to bring to children, but worthwhile. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A tyrant's coldness jeopardizes the lives of two Syracusan youths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RACE THE WILD WIND by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Terrific for young horse lovers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
On Sable Island, off the Nova Scotia coast, a young stallion finds a home and his own band of wild horses, surviving in spite of winter storms and even hurricanes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARMER GEORGE PLANTS A NATION by Peggy Thomas
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Backmatter includes a timeline, author's notes on both Mount Vernon and Washington the slaveholder, resources for further exploration and a bibliography. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
A pleasing new picture book looks at George Washington's career through an agricultural lens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBERING GRANDPA by Uma Krishnaswami
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"While there is nothing unique here, the treatment is particularly lovely and will be a welcome addition to the shelves of titles on this topic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bit of a departure for Krishnaswami, who here gently tells the tale of losing a grandparent, using anthropomorphized bunnies as her subjects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEN, KING OF THE RIVER by David Gifaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A useful title for discussion with general as well as special populations. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Continuing this publisher's efforts to offer well-written stories about special problems, Chad, who appears to be about nine, describes a family camping trip that includes his five-year-old brother Ben, who is developmentally disabled. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

In this rousing, as-historically-accurate-as-possible recreation of the Pony Express's first ride, Spradlin introduces readers to the crazy-wild brainchild of three businessmen to expedite mail over the near-2,000 miles from St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Of possible interest where poppies are distributed around Memorial Day and Veterans Day. (prologue, epilogue, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Imbued with an unwavering sense of duty and patriotism, a woman conceives a lasting tribute to war veterans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >