Search Results: "Margaret R. Crockett"


BOOK REVIEW

Falling in Endless Spirals by Margaret R. Crockett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An uneven but honest account of a life defined by mental illness."
A woman in her 50s looks back at the disasters and lifesaving moments amassed during the decades she has lived with bipolar disorder. Read full book review >

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WILLIE'S ADVENTURES by Crockett Johnson
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1954

"Miniscule meanderings, winsome and fetching in the right way."
A tiny trilogy by a skillful hand has its own quiet quality and forms three imaginative openings into the world of small boy adventures. Read full book review >

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LINES OF FIRE by Margaret R. Higonnet
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A rich collection, less uneven than such anthologies tend to be—even though it would be more ideologically balanced if Higonnet had included more pieces of pro-war propaganda. (16 pages b&w photos)"
From the editor of a volume of essays about gender and the world wars (Behind the Lines, 1987) comes an anthology of writings by women during WWI. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 6, 2015

"An optimistic, colorful novel that delivers pixies, potions, and fanciful creatures.
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An alchemist and his teenage apprentice hide precious stones from their scientific academy rivals in this debut YA fantasy. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S CIRCUS by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1959

"In this episode Crockett Johnson achieves a singularly animated effect with his purple line drawings."
That lucky purple crayon of little Harold again works its magic. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S TRIP TO THE SKY by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"Deliciously silly, this very tiny book, done in the Barnaby style, bridges the gap between comic books and serious reading, for the illustrations are integral to the text."
Terribly timid Harold, who has survived breathtaking adventures with the help of his own imagination and props he draws with a purple crayon, ventures into outer space this time. Read full book review >

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MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S FAIRY TALE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1956

"A tiny book, tiny as Harold and one to bring chuckles and surprises."
Neatly drawing in his own props again, Harold (of Harold and the Crayon) sketches himself another adventure. Read full book review >

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ELLEN'S LION by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 5, 1959

"A word of warning to all children: Do not let this book into the hands of adults or you may have to queue up to read it."
It is perfectly natural that Ellen have a lion for a pet. Read full book review >

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MY HOUSE IS SINGING by Betsy R. Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A confident debut for Rosenthal, and a strong follow-up for a talented award-winner. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
In a set of poetic observations written with a child's voice and sensibility, Rosenthal celebrates a house's nooks and crannies, furnishings, noises, decorations, and general coziness. Read full book review >

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THE FROWNING PRINCE by Crockett Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1959

"Crockett Johnson, author of The Blue Ribbon Puppies and other books for children, writes of the make-believe in a low key, evolving a sensibly elastic world in which improbable happenings occur without shock."
When an immovable frown meets an irresistible smile, as the song goes, something's got to give. Read full book review >

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A PICTURE FOR HAROLD'S ROOM by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 30, 1960

"Simple vocabulary and the magic of Harold's crayon make this a real inducement to the young child just beginning to read."
Once again Harold wields his purple crayon, this time intent upon drawing a picture for his room. Read full book review >