Search Results: "Lou Fancher"


BOOK REVIEW

STAR CLIMBING by Lou Fancher
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Excellent figure drawing and a final spread with brief constellation history round out this peaceful, vivid visual treat that will beckon readers into starry dreams. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lush, rich illustrations highlight a fanciful nighttime adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGERY WILLIAMS’S THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Lou Fancher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Why not just wait? (Picture book. 3-5)"
In his note to the reader, Fancher (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) writes, "I've shortened the text to allow more room for the artwork," as an explanation for this abbreviated version of the beloved classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOU GEHRIG by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Readers will feel good after reading this biography—and maybe even inspired to start measuring themselves against Gehrig's standard. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The aw-shucks decency of Gehrig drives this picture-book biography from Adler (One Yellow Daffodil, 1995, etc.); what comes through is Gehrig as a genuine rarity, blessed with colossal athletic talent that he carried with dignity and modesty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MERMAIDS SLEEP by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Youngsters are sure to carry these images into their dreams. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhythmic lines will lull youngsters who are fully immersed in fairy-tale lore into a dreamy state. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DANCING TIGER by Malachy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Magical. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This kind of alchemy is all too rare, where the spaces between the words hold layers of meaning, and the images expand, expound and explode the text in lovely ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW YORK’S BRAVEST by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Not merely a title about one day of terror, Osborne's brief but well-fashioned text stirs the spirit to celebrate a quiet and caring bravery. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In response to September 11th, Osborne returned to her story of the legendary 19th-century New York City volunteer firefighter Mose Humphreys (American Tall Tales, 1991) and refashioned it into a stirring picture-book tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on that terrible day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOU HOOVER by Nancy A. Colbert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 9, 1997

"This is a serviceable biography of one of the unsung women of the era, but it's also dull, more of a laundry list of good works than the story of a person's life. (b&w photos, chronology, bibiliography, index) (Biography. 12-14)"
Colbert delivers all the facts in this entry in the Notable Americans series, but the life she chronicles, though admirable, is more about duty than inspiration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOFIA'S STOOP STORY by Maria LaPlaca Bohrer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Though a little heavy on the ethnic flavoring, the memories are as rich and savory as Nana's homemade sauce. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A richly sentimental picture of a Sunday gathering from the author's youth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNDAY IS FOR GOD by Michael McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Simple and joyous. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Weekdays are for school. Saturday's for having fun. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OCEAN CAME TO VISIT by Diane Wolkstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"While this is not a radical re-envisioning, the dusty tale has been given a fresh, elegant, new dress. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Wolkstein (Glass Mountain, 1999, etc.) elaborates on Elphinstone Dayrell's terse rendition of the West African "Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky," by giving Moon a larger, more active part. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST NIGHT by B.G. Hennessy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"John 1:14). (Picture book. 2-7)"
Creating illustrations with paintings on butternut wood, its delicate grain providing texture and its artfully roughened edges a weathered, rustic look, the artists use jewel-bright blues and rich earth tones to depict the shepherds following the star and the baby they find in the stable. Read full book review >