Search Results: "Marianna Mayer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by Marianna Mayer
Released: March 24, 1989

Lush, opulent illustrations—skillfully designed and painted—and elegant borders and vignettes embellishing the handsome format make this a book to attract attention. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE TEMPEST by Marianna Mayer
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Full fathom five ought this to lie. (Picture book. 6-10)"
"O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB by Marianna Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Capped by a merry party—and a scholarly source note—this makes a dazzling alternative or successor to Richard Jesse Watson's photorealistic 1989 version of the tale. (Picture book/folktale. 8-10)"
The creators of Pegasus (1998) and other lyrical renditions of ancient legends give the career of King Arthur's tiniest knight a sumptuous makeover. Read full book review >

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THE REAL SANTA CLAUS by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, Mayer's (The Twelve Apostles, not reviewed, etc.) work is a wonderful tribute to the saint whose generosity is celebrated every year. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The life of the real St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IRON JOHN by Marianna Mayer
Released: Sept. 29, 1999

"The message of the peaceable kingdom is not subtle, but it is worthy. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
PLB 0-688-11555-1 The Iron John legend, probably best known in its incarnation as the Grimms' tale of Iron Hans, is handed a significant tinkering by Mayer, to give it new ethical dimensions. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO RAN WITH THE GAZELLES by Marianna Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A long author's note about wild children doesn't offer quite enough exegesis. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Stories of feral children abound, and they fascinate, but this one is disturbing in odd ways. Read full book review >

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MARCEL THE PASTRY CHEF by Marianna Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"McDermott (1975 Caldecott for Arrow to the Sun) provides lively, well- designed illustrations in a popular style, adding pleasantly to the story's humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since he's a hippopotamus, Marcel is deemed unworthy to be a baker; he must scrub pots in the king's kitchen. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MARY OF NAZARETH by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly good reproductions of the artwork coupled with a well-written story make this an appealing, empowering volume. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal interpretation of the Virgin Mary's girlhood, illustrated with luminous reproductions of fine art by Giotto, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Rossetti, Georges de La Tour, and others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEGASUS by Marianna Mayer
adapted by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by K.Y. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Children hungry for heroes will find this robust fare for their imaginations. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
PLB 0-688-13383-5 In the heightened language and measured cadence of a classic hero's tale, Mayer (Turandot, 1995, etc.) relates the story of the winged horse Pegasus and the brave Bellerophon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TURANDOT by Marianna Mayer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Compellingly told, gorgeously illustrated, and likely to inspire interest in Puccini's opera. (Picture book. 8+)"
The mood of combined allure and menace permeating this exotic tale is established at once by the jacket: The alabaster-skinned Turandot, draped in white gauze and pink pearls, leans languorously on a tiger holding a chrysanthemum in its jaws. Read full book review >

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BABA YAGA AND VASILISA THE BRAVE by Marianna Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The result is far less animated than Winthrop's version (Vasilissa the Beautiful, 1991, illustrated by Alexander Koshkin); still, a satisfactory addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
A complex and eventful Russian variant of the Cinderella story in which the stepmother sends the girl to the witch's house, where she performs seemingly impossible tasks with the help of a magical doll left her by her mother. Read full book review >