Search Results: "Lynn McElfresh"


BOOK REVIEW

STRONG DEAF by Lynn McElfresh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Nevertheless, this stands as a valuable inside peek into a marginalized culture. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sibling rivalry is complicated by conflicting cultures in this realistic novel of a hearing girl and her deaf sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES by Lynn Curlee
ANIMALS
Released: March 4, 2008

"Curlee wraps the contents in a context-setting Prologue and Epilogue, so the entire volume not only provides an engrossing visual experience, but serves up a coherent early introduction to the range and purposes of these ancient tales. (Folklore. 8-10)"
This is not so much a "bestiary" as a diverse gallery of figures from Greek mythology that are particularly suited to Curlee's distinctive, neoclassical style of illustration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKYSCRAPER by Lynn Curlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Super Constructions to Design and Build (2001), or Chris Oxlade's Skyscrapers (2006), with its cutaways and plastic overlays. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Between a view of the Chrysler Building and a to-scale gallery of present and future behemoths, Curlee offers an opinionated survey of more than a dozen skyscrapers and their architects, chronicling the "rise" of both over the past century and a half of building big. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAINS by Lynn Curlee
by Lynn Curlee, illustrated by Lynn Curlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2009

"Sure to fascinate existing enthusiasts, this elegant survey will likely also create some new fans. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A celebration more than a complete chronicle, this beautifully illustrated volume offers a personal and affectionate look at the place of the railroad in history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANY KIND OF DOG by Lynn Reiser
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"A promising readaloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From a psychiatrist who debuted with Bedtime Cat (1991), another story constructed on a repetitive pattern, but with a stronger story and a more satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"A fine coffee-table volume of natural portraiture."
Not all of the animals, but a large sampling of the world's species remains on colorful display in this photo book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Reiser's illustrations are simple, expressive, brightly colored and full of joie de vivre. (Picture book. 2-6)"
What is most impressive about Reiser's Margaret and Margarita stories is the way she manages to transform the bilingual book from its roots as a story in which the text is simply given in two languages into a vehicle in which each version functions as a complement to the other. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Lynn Curlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"It's a memorable tour, whether fueled by interest or class assignment. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author of Rushmore (1999) and other visits to modern wonders turns to the seven originals—though, as he points out, the list only became set in stone (as it were) within the last 500 years, long after all but the Great Pyramid at Giza had vanished. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO DOGS SWIMMING by Lynn Reiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"The issues explored here are subtle but important: The naturally varying results of competition, the fear of failure and the importance of following the rules of fair play in order to claim a meaningful victory. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This simply told story focuses on learning a difficult new task and on related fears and phobias. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPITAL by Lynn Curlee
by Lynn Curlee, illustrated by Lynn Curlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In all, a worthy effort that cannot escape a certain hodgepodge effect. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Meticulous illustrations accompany brief descriptions and histories of the buildings and monuments that form the heart of the nation's capital. Read full book review >