Search Results: "Margot Tomes"


BOOK REVIEW

HOMESICK by Jean Fritz
by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 1982

"Nevertheless the combination of author interest and unusual background should assure an interested readership."
Jean Fritz tells us in a preface that this memoir of her childhood years in China is true to real events and feelings, though fictionalized in the sense that exact conversations are invented and details from a longer period telescoped into the two years from October, 1925, when she was ten, to September, 1927, when she and her parents were finally settled at her grandparents' Pennsylvania farm. Read full book review >

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WITCH HAZEL by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A thoughtful change of pace for Halloween—or anytime. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Johnny lives with two man-sized brothers who are fond of him despite their careless condescension—he is young, and little; busy Bill and Bart don't want Johnny's help as they chop and plow on their wilderness farm, leaving him to observe and dream and make his own arrangements. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA, BEN FRANKLIN? by Jean Fritz
Released: July 1, 1976

"Not all of Franklin by a long shot—but a cheerful, piquant first meeting."
The "Big Idea" was the connection between lightning and electricity, though Ben Franklin later played his part in advocating still another—American independence. Read full book review >

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AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED, PAUL REVERE? by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 22, 1973

"And Margot Tomes' cheerful, resolute little Colonials are always good news."
Paul Revere was a busy man. Read full book review >

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STONE SOUP by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"All in all, a pleasing new version of a popular favorite. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Stewig changes the soldiers in this familiar story into a young girl and sets it in a framing tale whose beginning sounds like an updated, psychologically correct ``Three Little Pigs'': Grethel and her mother love each other but they're too poor to subsist, so Grethel decides to set out and try her luck. Read full book review >

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THE LAP-TIME SONG AND PLAY BOOK by Margot Tomes
Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"Tomes' quiet illustrations help make this an especially attractive edition of these familiar old favorites."
Sixteen fingerplays and musical games to play with a baby or toddler, with notes on their origins, directions for play, and simple musical arrangements (including chord notations). Read full book review >

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JORINDA AND JORINGEL by Jakob Grimm
Released: June 1, 1978

"At the picture-book level, it's Adams and Shub all the way; this is pleasant to hold in the hand—but, even so, the pictures don't bear close or repeated scrutiny."
The Grimm tale of Jorinda's enchantment and Joringel's devotion, tenderly and dramatically pictured by Adrienne Adams (1968), is strung out into a series of incidents in the vignettes which illustrate this small (4 3/4 x 6 3/4) volume—and which, moreover, give little scope for Margot Tomes' spirited drawing or sense of fun. Read full book review >

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BRAVE MARTHA by Margot Apple
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The comfortable pencil and watercolor drawings, making deliberate or accidental homage to Sendak's Really Rosie, lend a nostalgic flavor to this age-old bedtime dilemma. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Apple turns from the exploits of Nancy Shaw's exuberant sheep (Sheep Take a Hike, 1994, etc.) to a quieter bedtime tale about a young girl facing her fears in the dark. Read full book review >

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DESIGN FOR LIVING by Margot Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2003

"An appealing portrait of the attractive Lunts and of Broadway in its heyday."
Veteran biographer Peters (May Sarton, 1997, etc.) limns the glamorous life of the American theater's most successful acting team. Read full book review >

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HOTHOUSE FLOWER AND THE NINE PLANTS OF DESIRE by Margot Berwin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2009

"Poorly executed magical realism."
Berwin's debut sends a New York singleton south of the border in search of plants with magical powers. Read full book review >

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THE TEDDY POTTY BOOK by Margot Channing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"With all the potty titles out there—many with clearer presentations of the concepts or stronger storylines and characters—this is one to skip. (Board book. 2-4)"
This tall, sturdy volume of potty basics is another entry in the British Bright Start, Right Start series (First Numbers, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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TORN TO PIECES by Margot McDonnell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"A believable teen narrative voice with touches of insecurity and humor compensates for a somewhat far-fetched plot and resolution. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When her mother doesn't return from a business trip, Anne is handed a letter that shatters her world, as it reveals both that she's adopted and that her mom's work revolves around shady, illegal dealings. Read full book review >