Search Results: "Peter Sís"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE OF LIFE by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A fine introduction to Darwin, but a better explanation of the science, for older readers, can be found in Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker (2001). (author's note) (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Charles Darwin never learned to draw, so the record of his famous, five-year voyage on the Beagle consists solely of wonderfully detailed diaries, letters, and journals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADLENKA by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"Undeniably clever, well-intentioned, and beautiful, but flawed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Madlenka is losing her tooth and sets out to make her happy announcement to everyone in her multiethnic New York City neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADLENKA’S DOG by Peter Sís
ANIMALS
Released: April 2, 2002

"The human and canine cast both are identified on the final page of this fantastical, brilliantly imagined outing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The urban child introduced in Madlenka (2000) takes another stroll around her multicultural block, this time accompanied by an imaginary but convincingly present dog. Read full book review >

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TRUCKS TRUCKS TRUCKS by Peter Sís
Released: April 1, 1999

"The world that S°s creates is wonderfully inviting, not least as a result of his artwork, with their simple, expressive lines and minimal use of color. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following in the path of Fire Truck (1998), S°s transports young listeners to a realm they love, the world of trucks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE TRUCK by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís, illustrated by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The spartan application of color makes the intensely red fire trucks leap off the pages, perfect for point-and-name games and for inspiring similar flights of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
S°s (Starry Messenger, 1996, etc.) celebrates a universally cherished childhood favorite—the fire truck—in simple, clean lines and smooth planes of color. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN OCEAN WORLD by Peter Sís
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Exquisitely designed; charmingly offbeat. (Picture book. 3+)"
Virtually the only text in this book dedicated ``To all who care about our world'' is a postcard from Sis to his family, explaining that a whale raised at ``Ocean World'' is soon to be set free. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER by Kate Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"David, a wiser head, comfortable with his preference, one who can offer physical affection without sexual overtones; and, in Peter, a realistically distressed teenager who is finally able to muster enough perspective to weather his crisis. (Fiction. YA)"
When he finds himself attracted to his older brother's gay friend David, Peter is plunged into the kind of sexual uncertainty many young men feel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WALL by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A masterpiece for readers young and old. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Sís has loved to draw for as long as he can remember, and this work tells the parallel stories of his early years drawing and the rise and fall of communism in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SMALL TALL TALE FROM THE FAR FAR NORTH by Peter Sís
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"This denouement isn't developed much; but the unusual story and the extraordinary visual delights accompanying it are not to be missed. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In an intriguing global verso to his Follow the Dream (1991), S°s embroiders on an autobiographical tall tale, remembered by Jan Welzl (1868-1951) from his youth in Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE DREAM by Peter Sís
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An unusually creative addition to the rapidly growing stack of books on Columbus. (Biography/Picture book. 4+)"
A brief, straightforward, uncontroversial summary of the events leading up to Columbus's first voyage and of the outward voyage itself—a book that serves to caption a series of dreamlike, highly imaginative illustrations blending the visual inspiration of 15th-century maps with this gifted Czech artist's perception of his own emigration as an escape from Europe's encircling walls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ICE CREAM SUMMER by Peter Sís
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Oh, yum. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In ice cream colors, Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Extraordinary and wonderful. (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
What was essential about one golden-haired boy in love with flying becomes visible in Sís' richly visual biographical portrait of French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Read full book review >