Search Results: "Ruth Scurr"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN AUBREY, MY OWN LIFE by Ruth Scurr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A creative, engaging, and profoundly moving account of a man's fierce desire to discover, understand, and preserve."
A historian and literary critic offers a unique and revealing look at the life of English philosopher John Aubrey (1626-1697), told in Aubrey's voice in the form of a diary. Read full book review >

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BAD DOG FLASH by Ruth Paul
by Ruth Paul, illustrated by Ruth Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"This No, David! with a canine protagonist should appeal to a broad audience, whether dog lovers or not. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A humorous story about a lovable, troublemaking puppy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINTS by Ruth Sanderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Young people might be particularly drawn to Catherine, pictured with both a book and a sword, and portrayed almost as a princess on the striking cover. (index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Forty stories of Christian saints from the first millennium are illustrated with appropriately gorgeous, pencil-and-oils-on-paper art. Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN by Ruth Sanderson
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Sanderson's lush, detailed oil paintings are perfectly suited to the theater of fairy tale, where blood red bays may be summoned by a whistle's trill, and heroes climb mountains of crystal to reach palaces inhabited by velvet-clothed princesses. (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
A retelling of the Chinese legend of the magic brocade, here set in 15th-century Europe, combined with elements from the Norwegian tale about the princess and the glass hill. Read full book review >

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PAPA GATTO by Ruth Sanderson
adapted by Ruth Sanderson, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And if there's little here that readers haven't seen before, it's so remarkably executed that it's well worth seeing again. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Cinderella meets Puss-in-Boots in a tale that takes place against the opulent backdrop of 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEDGEHOG HOLIDAYS by Ruth Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although this book carries the prestigious imprimatur of the Tate Trustees, it won't compete with more creative and original efforts on the same theme."
The prickly friends Herbert and Hilda are inspired by reading a book about the sea to make a trip to the seaside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SMILEY BOOK OF COLORS by Ruth  Kaiser
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"See the pictures without the treacly text and upload photo contributions to support Operation Smile at SpontaneousSmiley.com instead. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A photographic collection of found faces smiles up at readers, while overly upbeat rhymes try to instill a positive attitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN, PIG, COW'S FIRST FIGHT by Ruth Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Ohi's toys keep getting more real with every outing—what new problem will they tackle next? (Picture book. 1-5)"
The trio of best friends is back (Chicken, Pig, Cow on the Move, 2011), but this time the problem they solve is of their own making. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRACIE by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Brown's elegant pictures (no one does cats quite like her) suggest, in the best possible way, Classics Illustrated comics, and her story is similarly robust and interesting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A raging storm is prelude to a miracle at sea. Read full book review >

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CLUMSY CRAB by Ruth Galloway
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Cute, but not the best of the genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A seaworthy twist on loving yourself for the gifts you have. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP, UP AND AWAY by Ruth Heller
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Just right to lighten up the lesson, even at the high-school level; Heller's admonitions are not only more fun but often clearer than more earnest explanations. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 9+)"
Continuing her unique series on parts of speech (Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs, 1988), Heller tackles one of the most difficult with her usual panache, coupling a deftly rhymed text with gloriously bold, colorful illustrations (``Some ADVERBS end in WARD, and others...in WISE... Read full book review >