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

A TIME TO ACT by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A halting misuse of page space that, in the end, finally presents Kennedy's speech in the proper light. (thumbnail bios of civil rights figures, bibliography, sources, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A roundabout history of President John F. Kennedy's June 11, 1963, address on American civil rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAZZ BABY by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Exultant and infectious, from the red-and-yellow-striped endpapers to the final 'OH YEAH!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snappy rhyming text celebrates an extended family's joyous gyrations to the jazz spinning on the turntable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DESHAWN DAYS by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Sincerity to spare, but not much else. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
A series of free-verse poems gives readers a relentless look at the bright side of life in the projects. 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

RICH by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Young readers will wish they had a friend like Dyamonde. (Fiction. 6-9)"
"Dyamonde liked to know everything, and she'd made up her mind that she was going to get to know Damaris Dancer." Read full book review >