Search Results: "Leslie Stall Widener"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Chukfi is a trickster worthy of the name, and this fresh, funny tale makes an excellent addition to the genre. (author's notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Like tricksters in traditions everywhere, "Chukfi Rabbit is lay-zeeee." Read full book review >

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IMAGINE THE MOON by Gerald Fierst
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2017

"Skip the poems and enjoy the cheerful artwork and entertaining prose. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
From January's Wolf Moon to December's Cold Moon, a survey of moon monikers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WOMAN IN LOVE by Elizabeth Stall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2015

"An anguished, one-sided, but sometimes-joyful love letter."
A debut chronicle of a woman's love life from her first kiss through marriage, its breakup, and a subsequent painful parting with a lover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOSTED by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A clever but seriously self-indulgent drug fantasy."
A 30-something vagabond with a closetful of addictions experiments with a macabre new career. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE FIREFLIES COME by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The thong-thong of backyard badminton,' will bring back those hazy crazy days for any readers wondering whether winter will ever end. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In image-rich, sometimes impressionistic prose, the prolific London captures sights and sounds of summer afternoons, then celebrates a game of baseball played in the gloaming until called by darkness. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The strength of this telling is the way it encourages readers to empathize with Madison's plight, making it a solid entry in that class of picture books tackling tough topics. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The life of James Madison Hemings, believed by most scholars to be one of several children Thomas Jefferson had with enslaved Sally Hemings, is imagined in this picture book of historical fiction. Read full book review >

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THE PETER YARROW SONGBOOK, #3 by Peter Yarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This volume is the third in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
This musical celebration meant for a family car trip, an evening at home or a campfire sing-along include some of Yarrow's (of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame) family favorites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF THE SHOE FITS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Widener's (The Christmas Cobwebs, 2001, etc.) lively illustrations of Rigo and his family establish a warm, inviting tone, exuding friendliness without being cliché-ridden or saccharine-coated. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Soto (Fearless Fernie, p. 52, etc.) offers a complex take on the "giving is better than receiving" sentiment in this gentle lesson on what really matters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STREAK by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"DiMaggio's remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans. (afterword, author's note, statistics, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is considered one of the greatest feats in baseball and the one least likely to be replicated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?! by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Say hey! An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else. (author's note, career highlights, glossary of baseball terms, online resources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The greatest baseball player of all time?! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Warm and comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An apartment building in New York City in an earlier era forms the near-perfect world in which a little girl lives, surrounded by the love of her parents and her diverse neighbors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"The paper-over-boards cover may need reinforcing after repeated handling. (Songbook/picture book. 4-8)"
This fourth in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series (Let's Sing Together, 2009, etc.) will be welcome, especially with the accompanying CD that features the author and his daughter Bethany. Read full book review >