Search Results: "R. Gregory Christie"


BOOK REVIEW

MOUSETROPOLIS by R. Gregory Christie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A welcome addition to any folk-tale collection, this clever retelling and its warm, embracing illustrations demonstrate the enduring appeal of this classic tale. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A 21st-century update to Aesop's enduring fable finds cousins City Mouse and Country Mouse spending time in each other's locale to realize that they both prefer life at home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALMOST ZERO by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A treasure. (Fiction. 5-8)"
"Everything we have is a gift," or at least that's what Dyamonde's mom says. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"An excellent addition to the biography shelf as a compelling story of an extraordinary woman, as well as for its pertinence to school assignments. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
A lot of information is packed into this picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Accessible, inspiring accounts of courageous men and women. (notes, timelines, bibliography, index) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Biographical sketches tell of 13 remarkable black men and women, including a double agent, a traveling female preacher, an admired poet, and a successful whaling captain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOTS AND BLUES by Arnold Adoff
FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"An incandescent, important work. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
Adoff creates a moving meditation on the roots of American blues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK MAGIC by Dinah Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Adults will find this book a great conversation starter with little ones. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"My hundred black braids make a spiderweb around my head, / and Mama's voice is black and sweet as I fall asleep." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2005

"Powerful and deeply moving, but definitely not for the youngest readers. (author's note, afterword) (Picture book. 10+)"
When their village in Sudan is attacked and their families lost, Garang and countless other boys have to embark on a long journey during which they deal with severe hunger, thirst, illness and exhaustion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUN’S DAUGHTER by Pat Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2005

"While adding to the canon of Iroquois lore is to be commended, this reads as if the specifics of northeastern flora and fauna are simply grafted on to a universal tale. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
This original story by the first time author is a pourqoui tale of the seasons, similar to the familiar Greek legend of Persephone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT CITY by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"A vivid, if somewhat meandering summer-in-the-city vignette. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On a smoldering summer day, an African-American girl and her little brother sit on porch steps, "hot as a fry pan," trying to figure out how to cool off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RULER OF THE COURTYARD by Rukhsana Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Suspense, a positive message, and illustrations that show up across the room, make this a winner for reading aloud. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The Pakistani setting provides an additional and timely dimension to this perfectly paced story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROCK OF AGES by Tonya Bolden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2001

"Although somewhat ungainly at times, it's ultimately moving. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A poetic tribute to the sustaining power of the Black Church. Read full book review >