Search Results: "Matthew Trueman"


BOOK REVIEW

TONY AND THE PIZZA CHAMPIONS by Tony Gemignani
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Depth and texture enhance the angular characters, but overall, this dry narrative lacks spice. (resources, recipes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
While pizza and all its toppings may prove a tasty topic for a young audience, the flat plot and heavy message herein will leave few readers craving a second helping. Read full book review >

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HIPPOS ARE HUGE! by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"The combined effect is a playful, clever introduction to the hippo that works for read-alouds or independent study. (index, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Hippos are huge, graceful and dangerous, as depicted in this colorful, informative book for the youngest naturalists. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A disappointing effort. (Biography. 8-10)"
The upcoming bicentennial of Darwin's birth has already increased interest in his life and theories. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE CHICKENS WENT ON STRIKE by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Satirical and absurdly appropriate for this ludicrous and outdated rite. (Folklore. 5-9)"
Silverman adapts a story from Sholom Aleichem featuring Kapores, the old Eastern European Jewish ceremonial custom of twirling a chicken in order to erase one's bad deeds on the last day of Rosh Hashanah. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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SIMON AND THE BEAR by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Old World storytelling in a sparkling, novel setting—a delight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A polar bear, a brave boy and an early-20th-century shipwreck play equal roles in this Hanukkah story filled with its own set of miracles. Read full book review >

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A PICTURE FOR MARC by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Simple black-and-white drawings have a childlike quality as if done by the young Chagall. (author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 6-10)"
For a young Jewish boy growing up in Tsarist Russia, wanting to become an artist is not likely to meet with enthusiastic parental support. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOAH’S MITTENS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Notes from the author include information about the history of felt as well as recommended titles on felt-making. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This version of the Noah's Ark story creatively expands the basic structure, seeking to explain how Noah discovered the process of making wool felt from his sheep. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >