Search Results: "Patricia Crampton"


BOOK REVIEW

FALL-OUT by Gudrun Pausewang
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Karen Hesse's Phoenix Rising (1994) explores similar moral issues more convincingly. (Fiction. 12-15)"
First published in Germany following the Chernobyl disaster, this tale of a teenager robbed of her childhood by a nuclear accident comes down hard on the human tendency to deny reality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FINAL JOURNEY by Gudrun Pausewang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The brutal message of Pausewang's novel lingers long after the last agonizing pages are closed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The horrors of the Holocaust in a haunting novel by Pausewang (Fall-Out, 1995, etc.) that opens as a young Jewish girl who has grown up in Nazi Germany boards a train with her grandfather bound for Auschwitz: It's the beginning of a journey to hell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWAN’S CHILD by Sjoerd Kuyper
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2006

"Meant to comfort and present readers with the image of the circle of life, this confusing tale is simply maudlin. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jonathan Livingston Seagull meets greeting-card platitudes in this import. Read full book review >

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THE RED BIRD by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"In the end, knowing that their act cannot be undone, Matthew and Anna close the door on that ugly world forever—a choice that will seem reasonable to younger readers, and will also resonate with fans of Oscar Wilde's sentimental, symbolic fairy tales. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this first English language edition of Lindgren's 1959 tale, two orphaned children escape their sad world of forced labor and grinding poverty by following a red bird to a hidden doorway, beyond which lies Sunnymead, a warm, bright land where children play and a Mother provides lavish amounts of food and love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOT by Patricia Intriago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Verse wonkiness leaves an opening for youngsters to 'read' to their adults by simply naming dots—no harm there. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Unexpected bright spots and laughs roll right over the uneven text in this concept piece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRAVES FAMILY GOES CAMPING by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Delightfully gross and utterly unserious. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco again exercises the surprising streak of goofiness revealed in The Graves Family (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN PHILIP DUCK by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An excellent read aloud for older crowds, but the ever-so-slightly anthropomorphic ducks will come across best shared one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Edward and his father work for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis since the Depression has brought hard times for so many. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Halloween or any other time. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco sets her wildest romp yet around an actual "haunted house" in her Michigan hometown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR ENCORE by Patricia Mullins
ANIMALS
Released: March 30, 1993

"A pleasure to read, alone or aloud. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
In tissue collages bursting with movement and merry color, nine dinosaurs are compared to still-extant animals. ``Which dinosaurs would thunder louder than a wild stampede? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABUSHKA'S MOTHER GOOSE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"Mother Goose's high spirits reside in this Russian fare, accompanied by boldly painted scenes of people and animals dashing around and happily kicking up claws, paws, and heels. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
An anthology of original poems and flavorfully adapted folk tales and rhymes, carefully sourced and credited. Read full book review >