Search Results: "Mike Wimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

STEALING HOME by Robert Burleigh
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"It's unfortunate that the high level of writing and art is lessened by design choices that do not consider the needs of the reader, because the story is terrific. (Picture book. 7-10)"
During a World Series game in 1955, Jackie Robinson electrified the crowd and astonished the baseball world by successfully stealing home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABRAHAM by Frank Keating
by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, this entry in the series provides a face but falls short on substance. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Following Theodore (2006) and George (2012), Keating adds a new face to the Mount Rushmore series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL ROGERS by Frank Keating
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As it stands, without the necessary contextualizing detail to flesh out this most human man, most readers previously unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves no more familiar with him at closing. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An attractive, heartfelt, but ultimately obscure picture-book tribute to the great American humorist and commentator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE PLACES TO LOVE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"A book that courts sentimentality, but is so well crafted and essentially honest that it escapes it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An author whose powerful portrayals of families are often entwined with love for a home place weaves these familiar strands into a lyrical celebration of bonding with both. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN SILLY CIRCLES by Mike Wimmer
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Conrad respects the priorities of her readers; they will reward her by looking forward to more adventures about Nicki and her friends."
Nicki, of I Don't Live Here!, returns in another amusing examination of suburban minutia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEODORE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"As homage, its success is unquestionable; as biography, its achievement is a little more dubious. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An unabashedly reverent paean to the 26th president is light on biographical detail but heavy on inspiration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE GIANT LEAP by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Taken together, text and illustrations make this one to skip over in a season chock-full of moon landings. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
With customarily heightened language, Burleigh's lengthy free-verse poem describes the moments between the landing of the Eagle on the lunar surface and the Columbia's return to "fragile, beautiful home." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLIGHT by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"A book that brings new life to one of the stories of the century. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-11)*justify no*"
Even the awkward style here (a choppy, breathless tone is exacerbated by the relentless use of fragments and single- sentence paragraphs) conveys the excitement of Lindbergh's historic flight at the age of 25, but Wimmer's double-spread paintings steal the show: from the first glimpse of the aircraft through an arch formed by the pilot's determined-looking legs, they capture the feel of the cabin, the beauty of sea and sky, the drama of the nighttime arrival—all in impressionistic paintings peopled with realistic portraits, most notably of the weary hero appealingly sprawled in sleep on the last page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE by Frank Keating
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BULLY FOR YOU, TEDDY ROOSEVELT! by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 24, 1991

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10+)"
Concluding her first chapter with the death of Roosevelt's father while Roosevelt was still at Harvard, Fritz includes a telling quote ("I felt stunned...he was everything to me"), then telegraphs her theme in her uniquely lucid, succinct style: "In his distress, Teddy may have felt that....his boyhood was gone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC HAT SHOP by Sonja Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A sweet import that inspires inner strength. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hats magically transform each person in town, giving them precisely what they need to become their best selves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE IRISH WINE TRILOGY by Dick Wimmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"Good pointless fun, in the tradition of Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth and every other bohemian romp you've ever read."
A comic trilogy that tacks one new episode onto two reruns, Wimmer's collection—Irish Wine (1988), Boyne's Lassie (1998), and Hagar's Dream—follows the misadventures of wild-man Seamus Boyne (Irish scourge of the British art world) and his timid friend Gene Hagar (a Long Island exterminator with literary ambitions). Read full book review >