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

A SPECIAL GIFT FOR GRAMMY by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Unexpected gifts for both Grammy and Hunter are the results from George's satisfying ending; the book is ideal for prompting discussions about ripple effects and the power of imagination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A bond built on love, understanding and trust between a grandmother and her grandson proves pleasantly surprising for all involved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S MILKING TIME by Phyllis Alsdurf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"It's a lovely, poetic picture. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a Midwestern dairy farm, a young girl helps her father with the daily milking chores, leading their Holsteins to the barn, feeding the calves, shoveling manure and washing up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASEY BACK AT BAT by Dan Gutman
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Back in 1888, Mighty Casey struck out and left Mudville joyless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUGTOWN BOOGIE by Warren Hanson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Still, Hanson's cheerful cadences and imaginatively embellished refrains carry the day, and Fancher's typography is handsome and effective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy walking home at dusk narrates his fantastic woodland discovery: a diminutive but raucous party in a tree trunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBIN’S ROOM by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Filled with incredible options, this can't help but inspire young decorators who've outgrown the 'great green room.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
A timeless tale of creativity unfurled. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEACH AND BLUE by Sarah S. Kilborne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"Unlikely pairings, but here they work just fine. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Can a parochial toad find his everlasting in a peach bitten by wanderlust? Read full book review >