Search Results: "Robert Andrew Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Fusing Parker's artistic talent and passion for jazz (he's a musician, too), this sensitively embellished biography is totally on time. (author's and biographical notes, bibliography of adult sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Renowned illustrator Parker supplies both an affecting text and luminescent watercolors in homage to the virtuosic Tatum. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Screenwriter Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications, doesn't bother to create actual characters and comes a cropper with the laconic dialogue he supplies for Virgil and Everett, who sound like parodies of the strong, silent types Parker created."
Not even their creator's death can slow down newly appointed Indian Territory marshal Virgil Cole and his friend and deputy Everett Hitch (Blue-Eyed Devil, 2010, etc.) as they board a train for a routine journey that turns out to be anything but. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2005

"Enhanced by a map and by Parker's offhand, full-page portraits at the chapter heads, it all makes a grand, poignant tale. (bibliography) (Biography. 10-12)"
Any account of this Scottish navigator's adventurous career would make absorbing reading; Kraske adds unusual dimension by enlarging on the historical record with credible insights into his character as well. Read full book review >

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ORVILLE by Haven Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Parker's sophisticated watercolors add some interest to the effort, but this misguided attempt is too long and too esoteric for the intended audience, another illustrated short story with adult sensibilities. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Orville is a huge, unattractive stray dog who is taken in by an older couple on a farm in this overly long, depressing tale, a first children's story from memoirist Kimmel. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lively, likable tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Beanie complains that ``Dad says I'm too young to help'' plant corn, Grampa allows that ``that's funny, because he said I'm too old''—and wisely seizes the opportunity to describe the spring of 1928, when his successive plantings were destroyed by a string of disasters rivaling the plagues of Egypt: floods, wind, crows, a sun so hot the hens laid hard-boiled eggs and the corn popped. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by John Bierhorst
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 16, 1993

"Most satisfying to look at, to read aloud, or to hear. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)"
From a distinguished editor and translator of Native American lore (most recently, Lightning Inside You, 1992), a simple but dramatically retold creation myth. Read full book review >

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TO FLY by Wendie Old
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

Old (Wright Brothers: Inventors of the Airplane, 2000) aims for a (somewhat) younger audience with this fresh account of the brothers' early years and their methodical quest. Read full book review >

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AUNT SKILLY AND THE STRANGER by Kathleen Stevens
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Lively, satisfying tale; handsome book. (Picture book. 5- 10)"
A not-so-wily trickster is outfoxed by an apparently vulnerable innocent. Read full book review >

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CIRCUS OF THE WOLVES by Jack Bushnell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"As always, Parker is less concerned with verisimilitude than with essence; his illustrations are spare marvels of composition, line, and color, a perfect distillation of the text. (Picture book. 8+)"
The poetically told story of Kael, a timber wolf captured and trained for the circus by a strong but gentle man who eventually allows his magnificent charge to return to the wild. Read full book review >

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A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Parker's command of his medium—delicately sketched lines and subtly glowing watercolors—is total; he suggests the tumult of battle, the warmth of a family dinner table, and the timeless radiance of the menorah with equal facility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusually thoughtful account of the events celebrated during Chanukah, touching gently on the ethics of violence in the struggle against injustice, the nature of miracles, and why we celebrate holidays. Read full book review >

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MR. WELLINGTON by David Rabe
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Parker's final interior art not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Children's literature abounds with both happy and sad stories about children and their pets. Read full book review >

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JUST JUICE by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"This poignant story of love and endurance has a lot to say; fittingly, it never shouts. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Down-to-earth, resourceful heroine Justus "Juice" Faulstich doesn't like going to school. Read full book review >