Search Results: "Michael Dooling"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT HORSE-LESS CARRIAGE RACE by Michael Dooling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Back matter also explains what happened after the race: winner Frank Duryea started the Duryea Motor Company in 1896, predating Henry Ford by seven years. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An 1895 race sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald to prove that the horseless carriage was the way of the future is the subject of Dooling's (Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale, p. 886, etc.) latest offering, the first he's both written and illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG THOMAS EDISON by Michael Dooling
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"How does it happen?' (afterword, resource lists) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
In this sketchy but inspirational profile, Dooling pairs realistic paintings of the home-schooled boy experimenter—usually intent on a book, bottles of chemicals or some gadget—with an early-years account that stresses the influences his mother, and his encroaching deafness, played in shaping a lifelong habit of hard, constant study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS by Tom Paxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story's matter-of- fact telling and the way characters appear to make eye contact with readers give this a subtle, comfortably tongue-in-cheek tone. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Well, it could have happened this way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN STEPHEN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"His emotional crisis takes place in so few pages that it's almost pointless, but it's also the only real action in the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10+)"
According to his younger sister Sunny, who narrates this novel, there isn't anything at which Stephen, 17, doesn't excel: He has perfect SAT scores, girls drool at the sight of him, he's a star athlete, and has been accepted not only at Harvard but Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING TO SCHOOL by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"This work slowly examines religious intolerance's impact on one individual, providing no easy resolutions. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Eight-year-old Allison is afraid to walk to school, a simple act made dangerous by "the Troubles" that wrack Northern Ireland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNE HUTCHINSON’S WAY by Jeannine Atkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Atkins tells a complex story of faith and freedom with clarity and strength. (Picture book/fictionalized biography. 8-11)"
Atkins offers a beautifully produced and constructed fictionalized tale of the preacher and midwife Anne Hutchinson, told from the point of view of Susanna, Hutchinson's youngest child until they arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEWIS AND CLARK AND ME by Laurie Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Young lovers of history and dog stories will appreciate a volume that provides both. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lewis and Clark's famous journey began in 1803. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE JAMES by Marc Harshman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a perceptive, well-told story of hard times early in the century, illustrated with sober insight in Dooling's carefully crafted paintings, in somber grays and browns. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A bleak realistic story about a family eking out a meager living after Father dies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still, this will interest young readers and could spark interesting classroom discussion. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Famed nonfiction writer Giblin makes a mostly successful foray into historical fiction with this slim novel based on a true story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE WASHINGTON by James Cross Giblin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Index. (Biography. 5-8)"
An overview, emphasizing Washington's love of home and family, plus his sense of duty to his country, and touching on significant personal and public events of his youth, leadership during the Revolution, and presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBIN HOOK, PIRATE HUNTER! by Eric A. Kimmel
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"There's lots of mischief and fun here, but its hero simply can't measure up to its villains. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What do you get when you mix Robin Hood with Peter Pan, and throw in a dash of The Lord of the Flies? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHTS ON THE RIVER by Jane Resh Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"A telling portrayal of Mexican migrant farmworkers in the US. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
Teresa, watching her baby brother and little niece while their parents harvest cucumbers, remembers a precious visit home to Teresa's grandmother (Abuela) in Mexico—the camaraderie, shared music, and feast featuring a scrawny rooster and the Christmas custom of floating candles in little wooden boxes downriver past other villages. Read full book review >