Search Results: "Matthew Trueman"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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"Satirical and absurdly appropriate for this ludicrous and outdated rite.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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

7 DAYS AT THE HOT CORNER by Terry Trueman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"Especially recommended for reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA)"
Trueman again revisits the interior thoughts and fears of a teenager. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE by Terry Trueman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Reluctant readers may enjoy the plot-driven story of continual peril, but it probably won't leave any lasting impression. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Trueman strains credulity in his fictional recounting of the devastation wrought upon Honduras by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STUCK IN NEUTRAL by Terry Trueman
FICTION
Released: June 30, 2000

"Though character is not the author's strongest concern here, like the similarly lucid brain-damaged teen in Joan Leslie Woodruff's The Shiloh Renewal (1999), Shawn will stay with readers, not for what he does, but for what he is and has made of himself. (Fiction. 12 )"
A teenager with profound cerebral palsy, who is utterly unable to give even those who know him best the faintest sign that he is sentient, narrates this devastating family portrait-cum-moral conundrum. Read full book review >

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CRUISE CONTROL by Terry Trueman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A riveting read with a sports flair that resolves too quickly to be quite realistic. (Fiction. YA)"
Angry Paul is the brother of Shawn, the severely disabled narrator of Trueman's Stuck in Neutral (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE HAPPENS NEXT by Terry Trueman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A winning central and supporting cast provide strong compensation for a plot that seems overly worked and too tidily resolved. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Trueman skates the edge of fantasy as he puts readers' hearts through a workout in this sequel to Stuck in Neutral (2000). Read full book review >