Search Results: "Richard Jesse Watson"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1986

"The dark tone is reminiscent of Sendak's Outside Over There but this is longer and more complex, with more adult than child appeal."
This epic poem is an outgrowth of the stories a famous poet told his little daughter; it is a very personal book; Dickey's adult readers will share his enjoyment in "mythologizing" his own child. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC RABBIT by Richard Jesse Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A strong showcase for Watson's technical versatility, though. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Watson steps away from the accomplished realism of Tom Thumb (1993) and Joanne Ryder's The Waterfall's Gift (2001) for a more broadly brushed expressionism in this exuberant, if scantly plotted, solo debut. Read full book review >

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THE LORD'S PRAYER by Rick Warren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Both highly useful and beautiful—an unusual and welcome combination. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
Warren, author of the mega-bestseller The Purpose Driven Life (2002), and Watson join forces for a thoughtful and visually appealing introduction to the Protestant version of the Lord's Prayer (with forgiveness for debts, not trespasses). Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WENT APE by Richard Jesse Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Too bad it's got nowhere really to go. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Richard Watson applies a twist to the prince-and-pauper theme. Read full book review >

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ONE WINTRY NIGHT by Ruth Bell Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"For some readers, Graham's first children's book will be a gratifying alternative to the plethora of Christmas books that either avoid mentioning Jesus entirely or explain his birth and death in heavily devotional terms. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Handsome packaging wraps this long but readable account of the story and meaning of Christmas, as told by an old woman to a young boy during a snowstorm. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Nick by illustrator Watson concludes the volume. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A smiling Santa in goggles and aviator helmet speeds up the Christmas Eve delivery system with updated transportation from his "Far Northair" sleigh. Read full book review >

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THE SOCCER FENCE by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2014

"Bildner and Watson offer young readers an informative snapshot of a divided land through the lens of boys who just want to play. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A tale of sports bridging cultural and racial chasms. Read full book review >

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GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Cole doesn't ride off into the sunset here, but he does, at least, ride off to a better future. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Cole has messed up one too many times, and now his mother has taken him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with his father, whom Cole doesn't know. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PHILOSOPHER'S DEMISE by Richard Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Just this side of charming."
A sometimes funny, sometimes bitter memoir of a scholar's fruitless efforts to master spoken French. Read full book review >

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NIAGARA by Richard Watson
Released: April 1, 1993

"Otherwise, it's just a lot of plain water."
It's his story versus her story in Watson's latest (The Runner, 1982; The Philosopher's Diet, 1985, etc.) as two performers in turn-of-the-century Niagara Falls give separate versions of their mutual stunts—on a tightrope and in bed. Read full book review >

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UNDERNEATH MY BED by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Whether capturing fun or chronicling items that disgust, Cleary and Watson again brilliantly open the world of verse, enticing young readers to dive in. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
The sixth installment in the growing list of Poetry Adventures focuses on just that: lists. Read full book review >

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CHESS RUMBLE by G. Neri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"There's plenty of powerful emotion here, but the heavy dose of life lessons leaves the overall effort a few moves short of a checkmate. (Fiction/poetry. 9-12)"
"Battles is fought every day" in 11-year-old Marcus's 'hood. Read full book review >