Search Results: "Robert Florczak"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The grandeur of the compositions—the goddess in majestic poses, with her drapery flying about her, the play of light on water and in the sky, the scenes of innocence and beauty in this newly formed world— contributes to an impressive piece of work. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In appropriately poeticized language, Wood (The Tickleoctopus, 1994, etc.) relates some of the captivating legends of the Chumash Indians—how they were created on the island of Limuw, 40 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, by Hutash, the earth goddess; how they got fire; and how, having grown too numerous and noisy, some were transplanted onto the mainland over a rainbow bridge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROUGH SKETCH BEGINNING by James Berry
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those pages imply a trust, nudging readers to glean their own dramatic insights into the ways of the poets and artists. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a work that attempts to capture the creative process of seeing and drawing, sparse, poetic descriptions of the natural world by Berry (Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird, 1995, etc.) combine with crisp, labeled landscape studies, sketches, and paintings by Florczak (illustrator of Audrey Wood's The Rainbow Bridge, 1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRDSONG by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The juxtaposition of these borders and extremely realistic paintings of the birds can be startling, but appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wood (The Bunyans, 1996, etc.) covers 14 birds from North America in their natural habitat in this sumptuously illustrated, visually busy picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This super-sized volume has a thoughtful design with the text printed on ivory paper with a narrow rust border, adding an old-fashioned touch to a story that will be popular wherever young cowboys hang their hats. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This longer Christmas story is set in the old West on the small ranch of a widow named Della and her son, Evan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORSES OF MYTH by Gerald Hausman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Uneven, but passable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Husband-and-wife storytellers team up to present five short stories of mythical horses from storytelling traditions around the world: An Arabian horse tale from the 14th century; the story of Snail, a mustang race horse from the American west; Humpy, a magical Mongolian pony; Timor, Paul Gauguin's ghost horse; and Kourkig, an Armenian Karabair. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE’S EYE by Robert Priest
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Readers too will be left reflective by this understated episode. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in his Old Pirate of Central Park (1999), Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH by Robert Shetterly
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

In tribute to this country's proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls "the promise of America," presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIANT MEATBALL by Robert Weinstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Yum. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the fine tradition of stories featuring oversized food, here's a cautionary tale about a narcissistic meatball who comes to a bad and sudden end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHIPS by Robert Crowther
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"With its concluding tableau of a working port, this nifty history will leave young mariners fulfilled. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 6-12)"
The history of seafaring transport, from rafts to supertankers, receives a brief but engaging treatment. Read full book review >