Search Results: "Richard Schotter"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE'S A DRAGON ABOUT by Richard Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"With Arthurian urgency and bright festivity, this book may launch a second wave for those roving nighttime theatricals. (Picture book. 4-7)"
``Hold, friends, hold!/We are very cold./Inside and outside,/we are very cold./Something to warm us,/if we may./For that, kind folks,/we'll give you a play.'' So starts this marvelous adaptation of the revel known as the Oxfordshire St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOO-WOP POP by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Cousin Brucie's jacket blurb summarizes nicely: '—wow!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
School janitor Mr. Searle, a singer in his youth, earns the tag "Doo-Wop Pop." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PURIM PLAY by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Another warm, amenable look at family life during a special holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A funny companion to Hanukkah! (1990) and Passover Magic (1995), by the same team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2006

"A gift to precocious children and teachers as well. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A charmingly prolix tall tale of a boy so word-obsessed that he collects new words on slips of paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN BOB TAKES FLIGHT by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"What's next, Captain Bob? (Picture book. 4-7)"
"He was Captain Bob, and he was the finest, fiercest flyer that ever flew the cloud-cluttered skies. He feared no one, not even the curly-headed Control Tower who called out his orders: ‘Clear the runway!' " But Bob will do the job of cleaning his room his way, the fun way, and that means imagining he's flying an airplane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

F IS FOR FREEDOM by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"In a simple story fraught with tension, Schotter has found a way to bring this history lesson to life for children no older than brave Manda and indomitable Hannah. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Eleven years before the Civil War, the seeds of internal discontent took root when Congress passed the Compromise of 1850, a fugitive slave law designed to pacify slave owners in the South, when California was admitted as a free state, upsetting the balance of power. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MAN by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An appealing, nicely formed story—whether it's the passage of generations, cultural transition, or fruit, ripeness is all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For 50 years, ever since he came to the US, Ruby has risen before the sun to stock his stand; now, when he arranges produce in ``perfect pyramids,'' Suny Ho and his little sister admire his artistry and ask how it's done; and when Ruby's wife, Trudy, asks, ``Is it time?'' she doesn't just mean time to get up in the morning: she hopes he'll honor his promise to retire to the mountains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Warm and comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An apartment building in New York City in an earlier era forms the near-perfect world in which a little girl lives, surrounded by the love of her parents and her diverse neighbors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING RABBIT by Roni Schotter
ANIMALS
Released: March 18, 2002

"Moore's (Alice and Greta's Color Magic, not reviewed, etc.) party-colored watercolors are the visual equivalent to Schotter's (F Is for Freedom, 2000, etc.) sugarcoated universe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It is very tempting to dodge the issue raised here—just where one does belong in a divorced family of two households—simply because it is so baldly put. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Schotter's story and Brooker's collages perfectly capture the cluttered eclecticism of New York City street life, so readers will forgive the author if the story lacks focus: The writing tips (which children will like) are lost in the blizzard of activity. (Picture book. 5-10)"
From Schotter (A Fruit and Vegetable Man, 1993, etc.), the story of a would-be writer and her blank page, and the life going on all around her. Read full book review >

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by Gregory McNamee

“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Pickiness aside, this is a clever, buoyant look at many children's favorite relative. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bouncy rhyme delivers a warm, light-hearted look at all kinds of grandmothers. Read full book review >