Search Results: "Lewis Helfand"


BOOK REVIEW

ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Reasonably accurate—but the historical territory is already thoroughly surveyed elsewhere, and the unusual format doesn't compensate for the routine content. (appendix) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
Lincoln's life gets a graphic treatment, but the prose reads like a school report, and even the battle scenes look staged. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Despite occasional stumbles, a worthwhile reminder for readers who will recognize his name but may be a little hazy on what he stood for. (Graphic biography. 11-13)"
An inspirational biography in graphic format—highlighting both King's passion for his cause and his devotion to Gandhi's nonviolent methods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"The genesis of world-rocking inventions is often mysterious; their fate upon people not so much, here given a tantalizing if garbled peek, then left unexplored. (Graphic nonfiction. 9-12)"
Helfand brings a propulsive optimism to this graphic account of the Industrial Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A vivid double character portrait, enhanced by equally sharp glimpses of climbing techniques, strategies and hazards. (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
The exploits of two young men mad for climbing mountains are retold in graphic panels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEY CHANGED THE WORLD by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Give this a pass: much clearer pictures of what DNA does and the strong personalities who were involved in winkling out its secrets are available. (Graphic nonfiction. 11-13)"
The story of the discovery of the structure of DNA, in graphic format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER TERESA by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"'Why did she want to help? Why could she not turn a blind eye to those in need?' A searching and reverent treatment. (bibliography, foldout poster) (Graphic biography. 11-14)"
Mother Teresa shines brightly both figuratively and literally in this graphic portrait of her life and mission. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHOTO BOOTH by Lewis Helfand
Released: June 21, 2011

"Ambitiously constructed but ultimately falling short. (Graphic fiction. 14 & up)"
An intriguing—though fussily intricate—premise is hampered by an unfortunately disjointed execution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Helfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2010

"Given these flaws and comparing it to the development and sophistication of many of the graphic novels currently available, this feels like an amateurish work in desperate need of refinement. (Graphic classic. 9-12)"
This too-ambitious graphic adaptation of the beloved childhood tale falls extremely short of the mark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

400 BC:  THE STORY OF THE TEN THOUSAND by Lewis Helfand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2011

"Fans of Frank Miller's epic 300 (1999) may be lured by the similar title, but will come away disappointed. (Graphic novel. 12-15)"
Despite plenty of spattered blood and armored warriors sporting the oversized thews of Conanlike barbarians, this fictionalized graphic rendition of Xenophon's Anabasis fails to give the renowned retreat much life or drama—or even to tell a coherent story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST TRAIN by Kim Lewis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"A sweet, lyrical tale enhanced by lovely, soft-focused illustrations. (Picture book. 3+)"
An abandoned hut stands on the old railroad line; one hot, dusty summer day, Sara and James get off their bicycles to explore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not for the younger set, but an accomplished offbeat selection worth considering. (Graphic novel. 12-14)"
Designed to look like a weatherworn comic found in the woods, this outrageously imaginative graphic novel touts itself as the "first extraterrestrial comic book on earth." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE SUMMER DAY by Kim Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1996

"A book with a drop of humor and a spoonful of wistfulness. (Picture book. 2-4)"
When Max, who looks about two, sees a tractor drive by his window, he is mesmerized. Read full book review >