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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LIZARD FROM THE PARK by Mark Pett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"As independent as Max and Ruby, as creative as purple-crayon-wielding Harold, and as dedicated a friend as Charlotte's Wilbur, Leonard will delight kids of all ages, regardless of habitat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a sizable sidekick for one competent kid. Read full book review >

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AKIKO AND THE MISSING MISP by Mark Crilley
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Thanks to plenty of fill-in references to her previous adventures, new readers can easily delve into this installment, although most will likely seek out prior volumes to catch up on more of Akiko's intergalactic escapades. (art not seen) (Science fiction. 8-10)"
Now in sixth grade, spunky, pigtailed Akiko is back for her tenth Smoovian adventure. Read full book review >

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MIKI FALLS: SPRING by Mark Crilley
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A stark departure from Crilley's previous Akiko series, Miki Falls is a ruminative look at a love and a richly developed labyrinth of fantasy and secrets. (Graphic novel. 12-16)"
A young girl's journey into love evolves with the seasons in the stellar first volume of a quartet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOOM MACHINE by Mark  Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Though the author gives most of the active roles to the grown-ups, leaving Jack and his science-crazy new friend Isadora largely observers, his feeling for oddball characters and twists recalls Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday (2007) and should draw the same audience. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
A small band of more-or-less ordinary Earth humans takes on a galactic empire in Teague's first full-blown novel (Funny Farm, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >