Search Results: "Mark Podwal"


BOOK REVIEW

JERUSALEM SKY by Mark Podwal
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"A cut above the didactic books on this topic. (bibliography for adults) (Poetry. All ages)"
Thickly applied paint in vivid hues and fanciful, striking images lend an otherworldly perspective to the illustrations that accompany the poetic text that celebrates the richness of Jerusalem and its history as the holy city of some of the world's religions. Read full book review >

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BUILT BY ANGELS by Mark Podwal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A beautiful, Impressionistic introduction to a portion of Judaic lore and a European architectural marvel. (historical note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Legend, history and spiritual significance intertwine in Podwal's illustrated free-verse poem paying homage to Prague's Altneuschul, or Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1270, and is treasured for its early Gothic architecture. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF TENS by Mark Podwal
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Not a children's book in any sense of the word, this is an intriguing variation on a biblical theme but it is sadly lacking the essential breath that would bring it fully to life. (Picture book. All ages)"
Renowned cartoonist and artist Mark Podwal illustrates and retells stories from the Bible using the number ten as a unifying theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DYBBUK by Francine Prose
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1996

"These skillfully evoke the images in Jewish illuminated manuscripts and in the paintings of Chagall, providing a match made in heaven for Prose's funny tale. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
Prose's first children's book is a humorously understated retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale (a scrupulous author's note provides sources). ``Forty days before a baby is born, the angels in heaven get together and decide whom the baby will marry . . . . Read full book review >

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THE DEMONS’ MISTAKE by Francine Prose
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Perfectly silly. (Picture book. 5-7)"
No one has ever claimed that demons were clever. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL'S MISTAKE by Francine Prose
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Families will find this is a savory treat for sharing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The team behind Dybbuk (1996) have collaborated on a winsome story set in the legendary town of Chelm, charting its origins to the angel carrying a bag of ``stupid souls'' and mistakenly spilling them all in one town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSES AND THE ANGELS by Ileene Smith Sobel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"It's an entertaining volume, surely destined for applications beyond the obvious religious ones. (Folklore. 8-12)"
In a collection that shows religion brushed with mystery, Sobel retells the stories of Moses, who is always surrounded by angels, his life washed in magic, miracles, and exaggerations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Funny and spirited (and secretly educational, but nobody will notice). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Punctuation with pizzazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"This smart, stylish series opener raises the bar for paranormal fiction, leaving readers impatient for the next installment. (author's note) (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
Crime noir meets paranormal romance in this addictive thriller about two London teens in whom the fae awakens, conferring abilities at once exhilarating and harshly stigmatized. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAPA’S MARK by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Heartfelt. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Talk of the upcoming election permeates the African-American community because, for the first time, they will be permitted to vote alongside their white neighbors. Read full book review >