Search Results: "Nancy Willard"


BOOK REVIEW

SISTER WATER by Nancy Willard
Released: May 12, 1993

"Life and death, water and wings—what Willard conjures nicely here is a tale about family survival, the riskiest kind of magic."
Willard, a poet, essayist, and well-known children's author, floats her second novel for adults (Things Invisible to See, 1985) down a stream that is both real and only imagined, a place where water can sustain you—or let you sink like a stone. Read full book review >

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THE THREE MOUTHS OF LITTLE TOM DRUM by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Inventors and pie lovers will find this one delicious. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Little Tom Drum's love of strawberry pie leads to a lot more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

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THE FLYING BED by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Willard plays with rhythm and repetition, and leaves much understated or unsaid, but offers a wondrous story for older readers that can be read repeatedly with both joy and longing. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Willard is a master storyteller, never more so than in this many-layered fable. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD-NIGHT BLESSING BOOK by Nancy Willard
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though several startling juxtapositions—one angel reaching into a refrigerator, another leaning over an ironing board—lighten the reverent tone, concretist readers will shrug; those with an appreciation for the abstract may find some meaning here. (Picture book. 5+)"
Willard follows up her Alphabet of Angels (1994) with this litany of random, quirky benedictions: ``Bless cups and pitchers,/pots and spoons,/candles and keys,/the bride and groom./Bless open windows,/doors that sing,/rooms that invite/the forest in.'' Each line captions a large full-color photo of one or two figurines, mostly angels, richly dressed and placed in an appropriate setting (amid hosta leaves for the ``forest,'' for example) with assorted small objects. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC CORNFIELD by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"This witty travelogue makes a natural companion to Vera B. Williams's Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea (1988). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Willard (The Good-Night Blessing Book, 1996, etc.), in something of a creative risk, combines assemblages of US postage stamps with photographed tableaux of dolls, angels, and ``sculptures and other oddities'' (according to the copyright page) to illustrate this epistolary tale of a wildly errant traveler. Read full book review >

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SHADOW STORY by Nancy Willard
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Reminiscent of Sumatran shadow puppets, his whimsically surrealistic illustrations are the highlight for a story that, for all the special effects, is a conventional tale of brain beating brawn. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Willard (The Tale I Told Sasha, p. 539, etc.) and Diaz (Margaret Wise Brown's The Little Scarecrow Boy, 1998, etc.), the story of how orphaned Holly Go Lolly, with her nimble fingers and quick thinking, gets the best of the wicked Ooboo. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 8, 1993

"Willard strings together insight after insight, creating a celebration of, as well as a guide to, the writing life."
In a luminous collection of essays, prolific children's author, poet, and novelist Willard (Sister Water, 1993) speaks of the magic and craft of writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE I TOLD SASHA by Nancy Willard
Released: April 1, 1999

"Bon voyage. (Picture book. 7-10)"
With this imaginary journey, Willard (Step Lightly, 1998, etc.) turns away from the self-indulgence of her recent work towards the vision and beguiling language of A Visit to William Blake's Inn (1981). Read full book review >

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SWEEP DREAMS by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers inclined to look for the metaphor will not be disappointed—but neither will those willing to take this sweet, if unlikely romance at face value. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in all their work together, both Willard's words and GrandPré's art strongly express a feeling of "anything is possible"—even that a man could fall in love with a broom discovered in a grocery store. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA’S DRESS by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"This simply told version, with its rich details of shimmery things will be a lovely addition to any fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Willard, who previously shed new light on everyone from Blake (A Visit to William Blake's Inn, 1981) to Bosch (Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch, 1991), now turns her lens on Cinderella. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF PARADISE LOST by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Readers expecting a radical or modernized retelling may be disappointed, but even in this reduced form, it's still a huge and moving story. (Fiction. 11-13, adult)"
High marks for ambition: Willard recasts Milton's epic poem into measured, often powerful prose, preserving the original's plot and themes, and at least a sense of its grand vision, but condensing or excising its long speeches, wordy descriptive passages, and sermons. Read full book review >

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A STARLIT SOMERSAULT DOWNHILL by Nancy Willard
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Delectable. (Picture book. 4+)"
In gossamer lyric verse, delicate as early snow, a whimsical tale of a reluctant rabbit who's persuaded to join his friend the bear in a long, safe winter sleep, only to find himself tossing and turning alone: " 'O prudent friend! Read full book review >