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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"For readers familiar with the plays, the synopses are amusing and the watercolor depictions impressive; for those using this work as an entry to Shakespeare's works, welcome. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Seven plays—Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet—have been condensed into the comic-strip panels of Williams's other retellings (The Iliad and the Odyssey, 1996, etc.); Shakespeare's words are spouted by the performers, summaries of the plot appear beneath the frames, and Elizabethan-era playgoers heckle and comment from the sides and bottom of every page—e.g., "Go on! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLES DICKENS AND FRIENDS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Pair this with Diane Stanley's Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (1993) to lay far, far better groundwork for a later appreciation of some timeless classics than filmed versions, or more conventional abridgements, ever could. (Picture book. 8-10)"
With small, teeming cartoon scenes so boisterous that they frequently burst their borders, Williams (Bravo, Mr. William Shakespeare!, 2000, etc.) catapults readers headlong through five of Dickens's best-known melodramas, introducing an array of curly-haired naifs, roundly vivacious young women, and pasty-faced villains, as well as those distinctively colorful supporting casts of orphans, convicts, ne'er-do-wells, widows, pickpockets, ghosts, and more—all of whom speak in snatches of Dickens's own dialogue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZZY BENNET'S DIARY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Whether there's a readership for this is open to question, but it is certainly done well. Miss Austen would probably be pleased. (Dear Reader note) (Fiction/pastiche. 8-12)"
Young readers not quite ready to tackle Pride and Prejudice directly but who are yet intrigued by it might enjoy this loving tribute by the indefatigable Williams. Read full book review >