Search Results: "M.C. Helldorfer"


BOOK REVIEW

SILVER RAIN BROWN by M.C. Helldorfer
Released: March 1, 1999

"Helldorfer deftly captures the heavy oppressiveness of a summer heat wave, from children attempting to fry eggs on the sidewalk to short tempers and sleeping the hot days away, while Flavin's illustrations artfully reflect the shimmering cityscapes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The hazy hot summer seems interminable for a young African-American boy and his pregnant mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOG MUSIC by M.C. Helldorfer
Released: May 1, 2000

"Picture book."
Helldorfer (Silver Rain Brown, 1999, etc.) and Schindler (Sunwing, 1999, etc.) expose a colorful slice of early Americana, sending a birthday gift on an adventurous journey along the early 19th-century thoroughfare known as the National Public Road. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GATHER UP, GATHER IN by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Altogether, a beautiful, imaginative rendering of seasonal changes and what they feel like to those who are experiencing them. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A lyrical prose poem that celebrates the four seasons using fresh, inventive images and luminous illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CABBAGE ROSE by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"A little earnest, but interesting and visually attractive. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The author of several original tales creates another strong female protagonist: a gifted young artist so plain that her brothers call her ``Cabbage.'' When a passing magician gives her a brush that makes whatever she depicts become real, Cabbage's greedy brothers demand one luxury after another; so Cabbage paints a window, escapes through it, and is soon known for her (magic-free) art and summoned to the palace, where the prince comes to value her for herself (it's he who adds ``Rose'')—as Cabbage realizes only after using the brush, one last time, to paint her mirrored self as conventionally pretty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARMONICA NIGHT by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

The ocean is the magnet that draws a family out at night for a moonlight picnic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOT TO DANCE by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2004

"The story strains for agility and comes across as rather pedestrian, but the bouncy illustrations are full of razzle-dazzle that fulfills the promise of the title. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Nakata's joyously exuberant watercolor illustrations flow gracefully throughout this story of an African-American child's summer day filled with playful dance movements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARNIVAL by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Gather Up, Gather In (1994). (Picture book. 2-7)"
``Get ready to . . . Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARLING BOYS by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A good choice for sharing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A feminist slant on a traditional ballad or tale, ``Get Up and Bar the Door'': The baker's widow dotes on her sons, Swindle and Gyp, but—while she and their hard-working sister Vi take loaves to market—the two steal gold from the family pot and bicker until one declares that whoever speaks first must lock the door. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1974

"Hamilton is at her best here; the soaring but firmly anchored imagery, the slant and music of everyday speech, the rich and engaging characters and warm, tough, wary family relationships, the pervasive awareness of both threat and support connected with the mountain — all mesh beautifully in theme and structure to create a sense of organic belonging."
Virginia Hamilton goes home again to the hill country, where Sarah's mountain has belonged to M.C.'s family ("and them to it") ever since an ancestor fleeing slavery settled there with her infant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

M.C. TURTLE AND THE HIP HOP HARE by David Vozar
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But readers who don't like rap won't be won over by this misbegotten effort, and those who do will know better. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A brazen exploitation of rap's popularity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OBI: GERBIL ON A MISSION! by M.C.  Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"Fast-paced and funny, this installment will bring Obi new fans. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
Obi the gerbil (Obi: Gerbil on the Loose, 2008) is back in action in this simple story about dealing with perceived rejection and making room in one's heart for new friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OBI: GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! by M.C.  Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2013

"Obi the gerbil's latest adventure is an uncomplicated, entertaining romp with a lesson about the trouble that follows when we allow others to stir up doubt about our most cherished relationships. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
In this third volume to feature Obi, an endearingly flawed little gerbil who is always getting herself into trouble, the pampered pet accidentally hitches a ride to school. Read full book review >