Search Results: "Marcia Williams"


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MARCIA by John Steptoe
Released: April 26, 1976

"And, whatever we adults make of its message, Marcia—with its modified black English, sassy dialogue, and underlying earnestness—is an issue book attuned to its intended audience."
The trouble with most of the new YA novels dealing with sex is that seventeen-year-old behavior, presuming seventeen-year-old feelings, is depicted in stories read chiefly by twelve-year-olds—and, in truth, written at their level. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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MR. WILLIAMS by Karen Barbour
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"What a delightful way to show young readers 'how it was back then.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mr. J.W. Williams grew up in rural Louisiana during the Depression. Read full book review >

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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 >

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HOORAY FOR INVENTORS! by Marcia Williams
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"George's skimpier but more analytical So You Want to Be an Inventor (2002), illus by David Small. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Dedicating her newest offering to Leonardo da Vinci, "My special hero of invention," Williams sweeps through the entire history of inventions, from ball ("an unknown Stone Age child, c. 40,000 B.C.") to ball-point (Ladislao Biro, 1938). Read full book review >

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THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"With a proliferation of versions of Homer on the market, add this one to the shelves only where Williams's other comic-strip tellings are popular. (Picture book/folklore. 7-12)"
The highlights of Homer's epics are rendered as a comic book, in a visual and literary style that Williams (Sinbad the Sailor, 1994, etc.) has used before, but here more reminiscent of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the World than a Classics Illustrated. Read full book review >

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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 >