Search Results: "Mary GrandPré"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A rich, accomplished piece about a pioneer in the art world. (author's note, painting reproductions, sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
This impressive biography of Vasily Kandinsky highlights the unusual connection between his art and the music that inspired it. Read full book review >

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FLIGHT OF THE LAST DRAGON by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"A title with appeal for readers interested in dragons, this picture book doesn't quite live up to other offerings with similar themes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The high-interest topic of this picture book about "the last dragon" fails to realize its full potential. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE SHOE by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Themes of racial prejudice, slavery, revolution and environmentalism swirl through this sometimes dark but ultimately cheerful adventure, illustrated by GrandPré in arresting charcoals and printed in blue ink. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a story that begins like a fairy tale but ends with explosions, gunfire and villains dissolving into green goo, readers will plumb the depths of both a mighty mountain and the human heart. Read full book review >

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THE SEA CHEST by Toni Buzzeo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Altogether a lovely effort. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A contemporary family adoption story and a 19th-century legend are braided together into a tale of extraordinary tenderness and remembered longing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCIA AND THE LIGHT by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"In all, a sturdy, satisfying venture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Root's original pourquois tale, Lucia skis up a mountain to find the sun that has abandoned her wintry land. Read full book review >

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. Rowling
Released: July 21, 2007

The epic adventure ends where, and as, it should in this long-awaited heart- (and, predictably, door-) stopping closer. Read full book review >

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A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

" Delightful whimsy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours. Read full book review >

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HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS CLAWS by John Iroaganachi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Whether read as a fable with African roots or as an allegory, this is a handsome treatment of a memorable tale. (Picture book. 7-14)"
When the dog's coup deposed King Leopard, the former ruler of the animal world exiled himself, returning with claws and sharp teeth of his own to govern by terror instead of with his previous gentle kindness. Read full book review >

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CLEONARDO, THE LITTLE INVENTOR by Mary GrandPré
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An inspiring tale for inventors of all ages. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl secretly invents a machine to impress her father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEEP DREAMS by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers inclined to look for the metaphor will not be disappointed—but neither will those willing to take this sweet, if unlikely romance at face value. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in all their work together, both Willard's words and GrandPré's art strongly express a feeling of "anything is possible"—even that a man could fall in love with a broom discovered in a grocery store. Read full book review >

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AUNT CLAIRE’S YELLOW BEEHIVE HAIR by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The strength of Annie's urge to create connections with previous generations may kindle a similar interest in young readers—outweighing poor design that has allowed text on some pages to vanish into the gutter. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child catches glimpses of her family's past in what they've left behind in this richly sentimental portrait gallery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIN YU MIN AND THE GINGER CAT by Jennifer Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"GrandPrÇ debuts with illustrations that glow with warmth, grace, and humor; her distinctive style features striking exaggerations of perspective and expression, plus an intense palette centered on red-purple and tawny orange. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Reduced to penury, the conceited widow of a Chinese official adopts an elegant cat that can catch fish with his tail. Read full book review >