Search Results: "Melissa Sweet"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RIGHT WORD by Jen Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In a word: marvelous! (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
After award-winning collaborations about poet William Carlos Williams and artist Horace Pippin, Bryant and Sweet return to investigate the life of Peter Mark Roget. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A splash of vibrancy about a self-taught master. (historical note, author's note, illustrator's note, references) (Picture book/biography. 5-11)"
This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine—and his heart too. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Very fine indeed. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A sparkling picture-book biography of the dauntless organizer of the titular strike. Read full book review >

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MRS. HARKNESS AND THE PANDA by Alicia Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Fascinating—and pandas, too. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
An unlikely American explorer brings the first panda to the West. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"It is entirely possible that this offering will not only acquaint readers with the man and his poetry but will also inspire creativity—Williams would no doubt be pleased. (timelines, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
With plain words, appropriate to the style of this master of clear and precisely worded poetry, and brilliant images, Bryant and Sweet introduce Williams and his poetry in a fresh, accessible way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY BEAR’S BIG DREAMS by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"She fills her illustrations with clever details, such as a stuffed bee toy carried by the little bear (instead of a teddy bear), and her exuberant style is well-matched to the young bear's playful antics and confident personality. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yolen captures the universal wish of young children to be older and more grown-up without giving up the protective care and admiring love of their parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: June 9, 2009

"Capital! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sierra's reliably commendable verse teams with quirky illustrations from Sweet to produce an alphabet-bedtime hybrid with plenty of appeal for families. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE AND KISSES by Sarah Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Sendak team and Elizabeth Winthrop's Sloppy Kisses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Small, sweet, and silly, Wilson's book exhorts readers to "Blow a kiss and let it go. / You never know how love will grow." Read full book review >

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BABY BEAR’S CHAIRS by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A cozy and comforting send-off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A wee bruin extols, in sly Goldilocks fashion, the virtues of the various sized chairs in his house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BATS AROUND THE CLOCK by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"Boogie down. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Lights, camera, action; it's American Batstand, a 12-hour marathon of nonstop shake, rattle, and roll hosted by the ageless Click Dark. Read full book review >

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PINKY AND REX AND THE SCHOOL PLAY by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Unfortunately, the language is inexorably sterile, without even the humor of previous Pinky and Rex installments. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Pinky and Rex (Pinky and Rex and the Bully, 1996, etc.) return in this entry in the Ready-To-Read series, intended for emerging readers to tackle independently, with a plot to draw them in but little grace or style in the writing. Read full book review >