Search Results: "Neil Christopher"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DREADED OGRESS OF THE TUNDRA by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"As monsters go, the amautalik is a satisfyingly disgusting and scary one, and this introduction should appeal to a broad range of middle-grade readers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Among the perils of the Arctic is the amautalik, a terrifying, child-snatching ogress.Read full book review >

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ON THE SHOULDER OF A GIANT by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Kids will readily warm to this gentle giant from the frozen North. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
"Inukpak was huge, even for a giant." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY BACK THEN by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A bilingual sampler—cold of setting but warm of spirit. (glossary/pronunciation guide, introduction) (Picture book/folk tales. 6-8)"
An Inuit father lovingly regales his sleepy kuluit with bedtime tales of tiny people, giant polar bears, flying igluit, children born from the land rather than human mothers, and other wonders "way back then."Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AVA AND THE LITTLE FOLK by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The story is long for the picture-book format, but children who enjoy fairy and folk tales will find the story of Ava an unusual and compelling one. (author's note, glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 6-9)"
An unhappy, orphaned boy in Canada's far north finds a new way of life with the help of a group of tiny, magical dwarves who adopt him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES DRIVE BUSES by Christopher Morgan
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"Kids too old for Mo Willems's Pigeon books but who love the zaniness of Lane Smith and Dav Pilkey are the right readers for this series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Blister me eyebrows, the pirate from Pirates Eat Porridge (2007) is back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"Absolutely marvelous. (Picture book. 8-12)"
In 1951, it was common to see Willie Mays playing in the streets of Harlem with the neighborhood stickball teams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOUNDED KNEE by Neil Waldman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"However, there is little else available on Wounded Knee, and for careful readers, this might be a useful place to start. (bibliography, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Waldman's (The Wisdom Bird, 2000, etc.) account of the massacre at Wounded Knee is accessible to young readers, but troubling in its lack of documentation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PROMISED LAND by Neil Waldman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Heavy on text and not likely to appeal to a younger crowd. (Picture book. 11+)"
Waldman (Too Young For Yiddish, p. 106, etc) begins by asking why of all the ancient cultures and religions of the Mediterranean only the Jews have survived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK CREEK COWBOY by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive, realistic portrayal of present practice in an occupation where, in the popular mind, the myths are still strong. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The author of several photo documentaries (All in a Day's Work, 1989) depicts two boys helping their ranch-hand dad herd cattle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >