Search Results: "Marcia Strykowski"


BOOK REVIEW

AMY'S CHOICE by Marcia Strykowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Calm, pleasant, decidedly 'clean'—this blandly cheerful tale would have benefited from a bit of spice. (Historical fiction.10-14)"
High school freshman Amy, who befriended both an orphaned seal pup and a tough local kid in her first outing, is back for another placidly entertaining outing that takes up where Call Me Amy (2013) ended.Read full book review >

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CALL ME AMY by Marcia Strykowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2013

"Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and the developing spark between Amy and Craig combine to create a pleasant, satisfying read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a first-person voice that doesn't always quite ring true, Amy describes the events of the spring in which she begins a transformation into young adulthood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOLA GOES TO THE DOCTOR by Marcia Goldman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"If the tiny, 5-pound, button-nosed Lola can survive a doctor's visit, anyone can. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the second of this photo-illustrated series, Lola the winsome Yorkie goes to the vet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Readers, wary or otherwise, could do far worse than dive into these witty, spirited renditions. (no source notes) (Graphic folktales. 8-11)"
Eight animal tales highlighting the value of cleverness and the hazards of greed are retold in Williams' signature breezy style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANCIENT EGYPT by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A lighthearted recap of some of our oldest tales. (map) (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
For her latest cartoon foray into ancient cultures, Williams concocts a brisk dash through Egyptian myth and history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOD AND HIS CREATIONS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"As an unusual and very funny interpretation of some of the key stories in the Western tradition, this offering works beautifully; as an entree to the Bible itself, it is less successful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Williams applies her trademark cartoony style to 11 tales from the Old Testament, rendered in two- or four-page spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES TOWNE by Marcia Sewall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The brief quotes from primary sources and the text that elaborates on the quotes make history come alive for young readers. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
What was it like on that first journey to Jamestown, or in the first years in the New World? Read full book review >

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KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Whether such an epic cycle does well in such a domesticated guise is a matter of taste, but it looks destined for success in collections everywhere. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) continues her popular series of folklore classics in comic-book-style strips with text at the base and dialogue balloons in the pictures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUEBLO BOY by Marcia Keegan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"An authentic glimpse of the positive side of Pueblo life. (Biography. 7-11)"
While living in many ways like a typical American child, a young Native American also learns about his people's history and traditions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOLA GOES TO WORK by Marcia Goldman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Tiny and gentle, but powerful just the same. (Informational picture book. 3-10)"
Not all working dogs are big and powerful, like police or rescue dogs. Some are tiny and gentle, like little Lola, a 5-pound Yorkshire terrier from California certified as a therapy dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHAUCER’S CANTERBURY TALES by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Readers will want to revisit several of the high—and low—spots before deciding. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Of Williams's string of recast classics, this is the best so far. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREEN MIST by Marcia Sewall
adapted by Marcia Sewall, illustrated by Marcia Sewall
Released: March 1, 1999

"The green, gold, brown, and gray of the watercolors show fields and haycocks, knobby-kneed children and raw-boned elders, a counterpoint to the rich text. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A beguiling retelling of a 19th-century Lincolnshire tale that fairly dances with an impatience to be read aloud. Read full book review >