Search Results: "Maryann Kovalski"


BOOK REVIEW

BRENDA AND EDWARD by Maryann Kovalski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Once readers give themselves over to the hybrid world in which the dogs dwellthey are clearly canine, with doggy features and abilities, but in all other ways act humanthey will relish this two-hankie telling and the tidy illustrations of love lost and found. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Kovalski (Pizza for Breakfast, 1991, etc.) introduces two lovable dogs that live happily together behind a French restaurant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN CHAIRS by Helen Lanteigne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A great book to inspire children to ponder the 'lives' of the objects around them. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ostensibly paying homage to the illustration "The Seven Chairs" from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), Lanteigne explores the destiny of the seven chairs a man created during his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIVKA’S FIRST THANKSGIVING by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Kovalski's (Jingle Bells, 1999, etc.) charming drawings, rendered in colored pencils and acrylics, burst with good cheer and beautifully depict the bustling streets of the Lower East Side and its close-knit families. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This paean to the wisdom of children is based on Rael's (When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street, 1997, etc.) own memories as a child of Jewish immigrants growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side and will remind many readers of Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORNING GLORY MONDAY by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"However, Kovalski's muted art makes the time and place come alive, her tenement neighborhoods bustle with energy and appeal, and her characters' faces are most expressive. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mama, living on New York's Lower East Side in the 1930s with her husband and young daughter, is homesick for her native Italy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOCTOR KNICKERBOCKER AND OTHER RHYMES by David Booth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Kids will love finding old favorites and picking up some new ones. Indexes by first line and by 12 ``types''—''autograph,'' ``skipping,'' ``superstitions,'' etc. (Folklore/Picture book. 8-11)"
In an attractive counterpoint to the Opie/Sendak I Saw Esau (1992), Booth offers a broad, large-size collection of schoolyard rhymes grouped by period: ``Out Loud, Right Now!'' (contemporary); ``Mama Said It and I Say It Too'' (the largest, which by rights could include much from the first group); and ``Echoes from Long Ago.'' By their nature, these chants, taunts, and jokes have appeal; Kovalski adds to it with her detailed b&w illustrations of scamps and mischief-makers, combining bits of 19th-century woodcuts with her own lively crosshatched pen drawings and adroitly arranging several rhymes and images on each page with much of the text hand-lettered in cartoon-style balloons or incorporated into the art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MONSTER, MAMA? by Barbara Shook Hazen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Only the latest of several recent proofs that the long tradition of playing out familiar domestic issues with families of monsters is as active and effective as ever, this one is particularly well-imagined. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hazen offers a good answer to the eternal question, as well as a delightfully monstrous cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Based on the real Odette Meyers (nee Melspajz), this thoughtful, affecting piece makes an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes. (timeline, historical photographs, author's note) (Historical verse fiction. 9-15)"
Introspective and accessible, this fictionalized history of a Jewish child surviving the Nazi occupation of France uses an elegant simplicity of language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VACATION FOR POOCH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Pitch-perfect, well-paced and with a conclusion that will leave children deeply satisfied, this is a book to be shared before any kind of separation and just for fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this small-enough-to-pack storybook, Violet and her dog, Pooch, take separate vacations: Violet to the beach, Pooch to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. TANEN’S TIES RULE! by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Still, aside from the episode's two predecessors and the likes of Stephanie Calmenson's Principal's New Clothes (1991), principals rarely get good press—and the students here do respond to the mini-crisis with calm common sense. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Third time's not the charm for the Principal with the world-class cravat collection. Mr. Tanen may own 998 "wild and crazy" ties, but on Career Day, he goes for the unbuttoned-collar look, as students and faculty switch roles—just before a Federal Official pays an unscheduled call. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAVERY SOUP by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Whether wide-eyed with fear or teeth-gritted in determination, it is the charming illustrations that make Carlin's predictable predicament serviceable and even palatable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Together Zak the fox and Big Bear cook up a scheme to build courage in their raccoon friend Carlin, who is afraid of the dark, new things, and being alone. Read full book review >