Search Results: "Philip Hopman"


BOOK REVIEW

MIKIS AND THE DONKEY by Bibi Dumon Tak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Those children who do connect with Dumon Tak's sweet, quiet tale are likely to find it will resonate deeply. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Inspired by a visit to a donkey sanctuary on the island of Corfu, this Dutch import offers a glimpse of a far-off land and a gentle lesson on caring for animals. Read full book review >

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VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOM THE TAMER by Tjibbe Veldkamp
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Sublime. (Picture Book. 4-7)"
A small boy's imaginative play tames his father's fears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTH TO STELLA! by Simon Puttock
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 17, 2006

"Off they blast bedroom-ward together—happy landing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A budding astronaut's bedtime routine involves side trips to the Moon and beyond in this good-humored tribute to the power of imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLDIER BEAR by Bibi Dumon Tak
by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers of any age do not need to know anything about the complicated history of the Polish free forces or even World War II to enjoy this tale of 'a friend and a mascot who made the war easier to bear.' (Historical fiction. 9 & up)"
A bear cub purchased by a pair of Polish free soldiers in the Iranian desert in 1942 becomes a private in the Polish army, a member of the 22nd Transport Company and an active participant in the war in Italy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DOG LIKE SAM by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2016

"A moving and memorable tale of love, forgiveness, and compassion among beings both human and canine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Canadian family's emotional life is enriched by the affections of a shaggy white dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE AND THE NIGHTMARES by Philip Waechter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Similarly, the seemingly random arrangement of illustration types (full bleed, spot, cropped and more) is redeemed by the constant presence of the small, determined heroine, whose outlook seems rosy indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this amusing paean to overcoming monster-sized fears, Rosie wakes shaking from yet another nightmare. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2014

"A true chick-lit charmer, ideal for a chilly winter night or a sunny beach chair. (Chick-lit/romance. 12-16)"
Breakin' up may be hard to do but not if you get a little help from a cynical teenager who's found a niche market for her special skills. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCRIVENER'S MOON by Philip Reeve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Quiet and somber, but still deeply satisfying. (Steampunk. 13 & up)"
The third (and final?) Fever Crumb story reminds readers of the serious themes beneath Reeve's often madcap, always entertaining tales. Read full book review >