Search Results: "Linda Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

YELLOW BIRD by Linda Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2010

"Old-fashioned but never stodgy; a charming story about a bygone time where even magic seems possible."
In Johnson's novel, faith and mysticism bring two people on uncertain paths together in the mountains of Appalachia. Read full book review >

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KENYA'S SONG by Linda Trice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"While this provides a glimpse of a loving family living in a multicultural neighborhood, it misses the mark to truly celebrate Caribbean music and diversity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kenya's homework assignment is to share her favorite song with her class. Can she find the perfect one? Read full book review >

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ZUZU’S WISHING CAKE by Linda Michelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Message amiably concealed, but heartfelt and winning. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Zuzu smiles a lot—at boxes, boots, bottle caps and the new boy next door, except he doesn't smile back. Read full book review >

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HENRY’S NIGHT by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2009

"A great bedtime read, as mysterious and thought-provoking as a zen koan. (Picture book. 6-10, adult)"
From Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (2000) on, Johnson has surpassed all conventional biographers in presenting Thoreau's philosophy and spirit in ways that will make sense to younger readers. Read full book review >

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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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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAPA'S STORIES by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A sensitive, creatively plotted story, enhanced by the author's watercolors of middle- class African Americans; a natural pairing with Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise (1989). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every evening, after Papa comes home from work and washes off ``a day's worth of soil,'' he ``reads'' Kari a book, perhaps the one he calls ``Little Miss Too-Big-for-Her-Red-Britches'' (while the illustration depicts Little Red Riding Hood). Read full book review >

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SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO BIRDS by Jinny Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"The full-color illustrations and photos, in a variety of styles, lack the cohesion and detail Richard Orr brought to Barbara Taylor's superior The Bird Atlas (1993); this production is handsome but superficial. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A glossy introduction to birds that loosely groups the 20 orders of living birds into seven chapters: ``Ground and Game Birds,'' ``Seabirds,'' ``Waterbirds and Cranes,'' ``Wading Birds,'' ``Owls and Birds of Prey,'' ``Birds of the Trees and Masters of the Air,'' and ``Songbirds.'' Within each chapter Johnson provides an introductory page on how the birds live, boxes illustrating typical beaks and feet, and a chart of the main families. Read full book review >

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THE BEST BUG TO BE by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Johnson nicely captures the feelings of the multicultural group in her good-humored watercolors. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author-artist of 1991's appealing What Kind of Baby- Sitter Is This? presents a wholesome resolution to another real- life situation: making the best of an allotted part in a school play. Read full book review >