Search Results: "Peter Malone"


BOOK REVIEW

CLOSE TO THE WIND by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

For young tars in training, Malone offers an informative, if loosely organized, excursion into several nautical matters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Stephanie Spinner
adapted by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"A full-page author's note gives a brief performance history of the ballet, and a fully orchestrated CD of the complete ballet is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children preparing to attend a holiday performance of The Nutcracker will find this a helpful introduction to the beloved ballet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This slim volume brings to you-are-there life a historical episode often relegated to a sidebar. (afterword, bibliographic essay, note on tea, timeline, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
It might be said that the American Revolution began with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a beautiful map of the voyage and an illustrated guide to the principal characters, an already grand story has become a sumptuous visual feast. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Philip (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) competently retells the famous Greek story of Odysseus's ten-year journey home from the Trojan War, beset by the wrath of Poseidon, various monsters, witches, and his own pride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DROWSY HOURS by Susan Pearson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 2002

"This sophisticated collection does what it sets out to do, and should give bedtime readers food for dreams. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
A modest collection of 16 sleepytime poems, most of them dating from the first half of the last century, with gently surreal illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER by Doris Orgel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Malone's (Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 2001, etc.) black-and-white drawings have a fresh and lovely line: his goddesses face the viewer with bold insouciance. (Mythology. 10-14)"
First-person narrative in the voices of four Greek goddesses: Leto, Artemis, Demeter, and Persephone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERGEI PROKOFIEV’S PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"There is ample precedent for tinkering with Prokofiev's masterwork, but this ending may jar those for whom the final melancholy notes of the oboe, representing the trapped duck, are the poignant, seminal moment in the story. (CD included) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A new treatment of Prokofiev's symphonic folktale in which each character is represented by a different orchestral instrument. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG WIG by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This braiding of history, humor and hair positively poufs. (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
This "little history of hair" entertains largely with hair-brained ideas about how humans tame their tresses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Though less detailed than Tomie DePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982), this makes a lovely alternative for younger readers. (Biography. 9-11)"
Mingling finely detailed wildlife portraits with scenes resembling the paintings of Fra Angelico and his predecessors, Malone (World of Words, 1998) creates jewel-like illustrations, some literal, others visionary, for this lapidary account of St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOREST CHILD by Richard Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Edwards (Moles Can Dance, 1994, etc.) has created an adult aesthete's delight, perhaps, that is too self-conscious to elicit more than a superficial response from children. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The dreamy, detached story of a feral child and a hunter's apprentice who meet in the forest and become friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC FLUTE by Anne Gatti
adapted by Anne Gatti, illustrated by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An audio CD is included (with musical cues in the book); if everything pales before the music, readers will still sense how the opera's magic worked on Gatti and Malone, and gain an entry to the magic themselves. (Picture book. 7-11)"
This retelling of Mozart's wonderful opera works particularly well for two reasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WORLD OF WORDS by Tobi Tobias
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Book combines quotes about books by Kate Guess, Thomas Jefferson, and M.B. Goffstein with an illustration of a small girl in a bathtub boat; Opal Whiteley's and Seamus Heaney's quotations for Shadow face a rabbit father and child who are making people shadows on the wall. (Picture book. 5-10)"
With great imagination and finesse, Tobias and Malone rework the well-burnished components of an alphabet book and a quotation book into an eclectic whole. Read full book review >