Search Results: "Pegi Deitz Shea"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY AND THE SPELL by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The story hangs together even without music and staging, making it suitable for sharing even when a trip to the theater isn't in the offing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the art animating this handsomely packaged retelling of Colette's libretto for Ravel's opera, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, a tale of childish rage and remorse, jumbles of suddenly animate objects in twisted perspectives create an evocatively skewed reality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNGALOW FUNGALOW by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"More detailed than many other beach-experience books; evocative, but not outstandingly so. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
In a nicely cadenced present-tense narrative arranged as verse, Billy describes a weeklong visit to Nana and Pop-Pop at the Jersey shore, from invitation to driving home. Read full book review >

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TANGLED THREADS by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"Adjusting to a new country and culture is never easy; the ideal is to blend the best of old and new, as Mai seems on her way to doing by the satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After ten years in a Thai camp as Laotian refugees, 13-year-old Mai Yang and her grandmother finally leave for the US. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBERTY RISING  by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Closing with some rousing rhetoric, plus a timeline to the present and a short reading list, this makes a memorable addition to the shelf of tributes to this country's most recognizable national symbol. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Shea gives an oft-told tale a slightly different slant, focusing on the design challenges involved in the construction, deconstruction, transportation, reconstruction and later refurbishing of Lady Liberty, which was the tallest human-made structure of her time. Read full book review >

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NOAH WEBSTER by Pegi Deitz Shea
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Ultimately, the sheer breadth of Webster's life and achievement just can't be adequately covered in such brisk fashion, making this an intriguing introduction but far from the last word on this innovative thinker. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Bringing history to life for young readers is no easy task. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"While it is too dense for younger children, middle-graders will no doubt be fascinated. (author note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
One of nine sisters and one brother born to a Quaker family, Patience grew up in New Jersey and discovered her talent for sculpting figures early on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CARPET BOY’S GIFT by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2010

"Use alongside other materials to flesh out details. (author's note, extensive resources) (Picture book. 8-11)"
This fictionalized tale featuring a real-life hero addresses the contemporary nightmare of child slavery in the second treatment based on the same subject this year (Iqbal, p. 1310). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN MICE FOR TET by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Altogether, an inviting, informative introduction to the holiday—and the only separate title for younger readers that's not routine assignment fodder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Readers and pre-readers alike will get generous measures of cultural information from this look at preparations for the Vietnamese New Year celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMERBLOOD by Tom Deitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 10, 2001

"Plots, dastardly deeds, cliffhangers, treachery: Business as usual in vampire-gemstone-land."
Third installment of Deitz's saga about the kingdom of Eron (Springwar, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLOODWINTER by Tom Deitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 13, 1999

"Your move."
First of a new doorstopper fantasy series from the author of Dreamseeker's Road (1995), etc. Desert kingdom Ixti's regime is aristocratic; in frigid, neighboring Eron, people are organized into craft guilds confusingly called "clans." Read full book review >

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FAVORITE? by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"While not the funniest addition to the series or to the genre, this latest outing should please fans of Ballet Cat. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The feline dancer returns for a new adventure, in which cousins vie for the affection of their grandmother. Read full book review >