Search Results: "Lou Fancher"


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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

GOYANGI MEANS CAT by Christine McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2011

"A sensitive portrayal of international adoption, authentically and realistically done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This beautifully illustrated, gentle adoption story stands out from most other treatments of the topic by honestly and reassuringly addressing the loss—of a birth family, a birth culture—inherent in adoption as well as the joy a new family experiences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KING’S TASTER by Kenneth Oppel
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Workmanlike collages by the accomplished Fancher and Johnson combine textiles, scrawled recipes and painterly elements in a muted, Old World palette that matches the ambitious plotting. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Narrated by a bespectacled beagle, Oppel's pedantic offering mixes a "be your authentic self" vibe with an admonishment not to spoil your appetite with sweets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE by Marcus Hummon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Johnson and Fancher's appealing collage illustrations use patterned fabrics and cloth to create the squares of the boy's quilt, with a black-and-white checkerboard border extending from the quilt and wrapping cozily around the edge of each spread. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
Isaac and his father enjoy their nightly ritual of two stories read out loud before father listens to son's bedtime prayer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Stephen Mitchell
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Simply exquisite. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
An absolutely drop-dead gorgeous edition of the beloved Andersen tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMAZING PEACE by Maya Angelou
POETRY
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Into the great religions of the world' is at best tone-deaf and at worst frankly assimilationist. (Picture book/poetry. 6 & up)"
Angelou's poem considers peace as a joyous concept that rises up during the Christmas season, drawing in and including those of all faiths, sweeping everyone along with its power. Read full book review >