Search Results: "Max Ginsburg"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP by Mildred D. Taylor
Released: Sept. 30, 1987

"Ginsburg's black-and-white drawings are outstanding, his solid figures masterfully staged to convey the taut drama."
Cassie Logan, of the author's Newbery-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, narrates events leading up to a tragic climax on a hot summer Mississippi afternoon in 1933. Read full book review >

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LISETTE’S ANGEL by Amy Littlesugar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A new way to bring a bit of WWII history to the youngest of children. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author of the fine Shake Rag (1998), which made a picture book from the early life of Elvis Presley, takes some memories belonging to her paratrooper father-in-law, among others, and crafts a tale of D-Day for young people. Read full book review >

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KATE SHELLEY by Robert D. San Souci
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine alternative to Margaret Wetterer's stiffer, simpler (but no less dramatic) Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The gripping, true story of a 15-year-old Iowan who ventured out into a wild storm to give warning of a wrecked railroad bridge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECOND PERSON SINGULAR by Sayed Kashua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"Kashua fails to illuminate his characters' troubled souls."
Two Arab-Israelis struggle with their insecurities in this unconvincing third novel from the Arab-Israeli writer. Read full book review >

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ASLEEP, ASLEEP by Mirra Ginsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Quintessentially simple and altogether beguiling: a perfect choice for tuck-in time. (Picture book. 1-6)"
"Inspired by a verse of A. Vvedensky," a lovely litany of queries and subtly modulated responses: "Are the wolves asleep? Read full book review >

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THE OLD MAN AND HIS BIRDS by Mirra Ginsburg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"What works here is the riddle; once that's solved there isn't much enticement to dip into these pages again. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)"
From Ginsburg (The King Who Tried to Fry an Egg on His Head, p. 479, etc.) comes this folk riddle told in a spare, almost laconic, style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNSET CITY by Melissa Ginsburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite some wistful passages about grief that showcase Ginsburg's background as a poet, Charlotte's story falls flat."
A young woman reconnects with her oldest but most troubled friend only to become swept up in the investigation of her brutal murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"Unusual for its psychological depth and close-ups of exotic new forensics. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A standout in the recent spate of books about serial killers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAY BOY by Mirra Ginsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Fans of the gingerbread boy and Jack Kent's retelling of Fat Cat (1971) will relish this hungry clay Frankenstein and his shattering comeuppance. (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
Ginsburg (The Old Man and His Birds, 1994, etc.) borrows freely from Russian folklore to create her own version of the tale of the ravenous clay boy. Read full book review >

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EXTREME OPPOSITES by Max Dalton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"With whole stories unfurling in each image, the book has potential for classroom use as well as for solo enjoyment. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A witty, sophisticated book of opposites. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL ZUCCHINI by Max Grover
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Attractive, if not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grover's first is ``An Unexpected Alphabet,'' with pairings (``Fork fence''; ``Vegetable volcano'') that occasion amusing surreal paintings in crayon-bright colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX'S WACKY TAXI DAY by Max Grover
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Grover's intense palette and artwork have instant appeal, but the vibrant colors are doing all the work and can't compensate for the stodgy text. (Picture book. 7+)"
Grover (Circles and Squares Everywhere!, 1996, etc.) mines wordplay with plenty of energy and color, but the sequence of events, concepts, and images are forced and clanky. Read full book review >