Search Results: "Matt Tavares"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon. (statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Throughout his career Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez acknowledged his brother's encouragement as a major factor in his success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Flamboyant and amazingly talented, the Sultan of Swat receives due appreciation here. (author's note, statistics chart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUBILEE! by Alicia Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Lovingly evokes a lost time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Patrick Gilmore was a mid-19th-century superstar who was the recognized initiator of the golden age of American band music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELEN'S BIG WORLD by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A magisterial account. (author's & illustrator's notes, timeline, sources) (Picture books/biography. 6-10)"
Helen Keller's transcendent leap across the barriers of her blindness and deafness continues to inspire. Read full book review >

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LADY LIBERTY by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

"Closing with heartfelt comments from several immigrants or their children, this adds up to a stirring reminder of what Lady Liberty stands for. (author's and illustrator's notes, statistics, timeline, sources) (Poetry. 9-11, adult)"
"She will be massive but elegant, / as grand as any one of the / Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"No source notes, but thoroughly satisfying nonetheless. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Nesbit's wry 1908 telling casts Jack as a dreamy lad more adept at composing poems about "the Dignity of Labor" than engaging in it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A baseball hero and an American hero, the last player to hit over .400 in a season; here, Ted Williams is introduced to a new generation of baseball fans. (author's note, statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/ biography. 6-10)"
Ted Williams' goal was, as the subtitle suggests, to be the greatest hitter who ever lived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER’S GAME by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An intimate, poignant episode for fans who revel in the game's less tangible aspects. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Zachary's Ball (2000) offers another tale of baseball dreams passing from one generation to another, grafted to atmospheric pencil illustrations that recall Chris Van Allsburg's early work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY AARON’S DREAM by Matt Tavares
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Very fine. (author's note, stats, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This book opens with a stark image: Readers look through a chain-link fence at white boys playing ball, a large WHITES ONLY sign dead center. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED AND LULU by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A touching, beautifully illustrated story of greatest interest to those in the New York City area. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A pair of cardinals is separated and then reunited when their tree home is moved to New York City to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUDBALL by Matt Tavares
by Matt Tavares, illustrated by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Play Ball! (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Did Babe Ruth really point to the bleachers and then proceed to hit a home run to that spot? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROSSING NIAGARA by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A compressed, respectful glimpse at the achievements of a fascinating 19th-century daredevil. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tavares reanimates the achievements of the French-born tightrope walker Jean-François Gravelet, aka "the Great Blondin"—first to cross over the Niagara River, in 1859. Read full book review >