Search Results: "Robert D. San Souci"


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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Comport casts Margaret as a long-necked, pale-skinned beauty with waves of red hair as fiery as her spirit. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Another woman-turned-warrior tale, this time set in Ireland. Read full book review >

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AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT by Robert D. San Souci
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Daniel San Souci's detailed watercolor illustrations contribute to the quaint feel of this effort and lend it a bit of welcome emotional depth as well. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The talented San Souci brothers take on the Brothers Grimm's "Clever Elsie," and the result is an entirely new story which, though it retains the folksy quality and quirky absurdity of the original, recasts the characters, adds a moral and tidies up the ambiguous ending. Read full book review >

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KENNETH GRAHAME’S THE RELUCTANT DRAGON by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The story's theme of finding alternatives to violence always merits revisiting, but the original, however wordy it may seem by current standards, still makes a far richer reading experience. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Widely spaced lines of elegant type evoke the witty tone of Grahame's classic, unlike either this stripped-down version of the text, or the accompanying small, childlike watercolors. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"In a year full of Cinderella variations, this one is a welcome addition. (Fairy tale. 6-9)"
This tender version of the Cinderella story comes from the American Southwest. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by Robert D. San Souci
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"But the theme has seen so many more spirited treatments, from 'The Ugly Duckling' on, that this one is unlikely to make much of an impression. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Czernecki's patchwork illustrations make a bright and busy visual impression, but can't quite carry San Souci's bland, predictable tale. Read full book review >

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CALLIE ANN AND MISTAH BEAR by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"There are notes as to sources used, and the African and African-American background is further explained. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
In a variant of Wiley and the Hairy Man, San Souci (Peter and the Blue Witch Baby, p. 892, etc.) tells the story with characters speaking a slight dialect. Read full book review >

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THE FIREBIRD by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"As the only picture-book version in print, this may fill a need, though the story (in briefer form) is also included in Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers (1991). (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
While this earnest retelling details the magical gimmickry of the romantic Russian tale celebrated in Stravinsky's ballet, its humdrum style fails to capture the story's true magic, reducing it to a dungeons-and-dragons series of fortuitous adventures (```I have a magic talisman that will help us,' he said. `Now tell me about this wizard...Where is he now?' `Away on some mysterious errands,' she said''). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE SEVEN-COLORED HORSE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Dicks's ethereal paintings- -sometimes awkward, sometimes moodily stylized—have a lovely, translucent quality that comes through in most scenes. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)"
In source notes, San Souci (More Short & Shivery, 1994, etc.) explains that his tale has roots throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Read full book review >

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THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Like Merrill's The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars (p. 1191), an unusual glimpse of an independent-minded girl in long-ago Japan; a handsome book that will have many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
From medieval Japan (as detailed in a careful note), a wonderful legend about the dauntless Tokoyo, whose beloved father Kuma has taught her the samurai virtues, plus such manly arts as riding; and who insists, despite her noble birth, on learning to dive for pearls, a traditional skill of women of the Oki Islands. Read full book review >

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MORE SHORT & SHIVERY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The prolific San Souci has not managed to create a campfire classic in this book—even the most squeamish will remain unfazed. (Folklore/Fiction. 8-12)"
This collection reads more like a cultural anthropology text than a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE STONES by Robert D. San Souci