Search Results: "S.D. Schindler"


BOOK REVIEW

BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2014

"This accurate (if abbreviated) delineation of the process of medieval manuscript bookmaking shines thanks to the fey twist of ursine longing for the written word. (glossary, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Prepare to be charmed by a bear who loves words—or at least loves to eat them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Capped with a fuller picture of the work of Lomax and his son Alan, as well as enticing source notes, this account can't help but broaden the insight of little dogies everywhere into the histories and meaning of these enduringly popular songs. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Interspersing her narrative with verses from "Home on the Range," "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "The Old Chisholm Trail" and like cowboy chestnuts, Hopkinson retraces the early career of the greatest collector and recorder of American folk songs ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COME TO THE CASTLE! by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"EWSLUGp2007, illustrated by Robert Byrd, remains an informative delight bound to find its audience. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Wit meets historical accuracy in a pitch-perfect mix of laugh-out-loud text and entertaining image. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM’S WILD WEST CHRISTMAS by Nancy Antle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Best of all here is Antle's (Lost in the War, 1998, etc.) delight in language, humorously conveyed to readers, as pure an encouragement as can be to keep turning the pages and a good introduction to the pleasures of wordplay. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
This easy-to-read comic adventure yarn, for all its simplicity, has real narrative momentum and a pleasing mess of puns, while Schindler's fine ink-and-watercolor illustrations lend the tale an even greater merriment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TUNDRA MOUSE by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Younger listeners may need help with Lissie's interruptions story; older ones may want more information on tundra micespecifically, what becomes of the mice when their burrows are invaded or crushed by humans, as they are here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McDonald (see review above) and Schindler have created an uncommon blend of folkways and natural history that underscores a gracefully told, lovingly illustrated Christmas story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEN FRANKLIN'S BIG SPLASH by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"As inventive as Ben himself, this presentation is awash with delight and definitely makes a big splash. (author's note, timeline, sources, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Is another picture book about Ben Franklin really needed? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER MESS! by Margery Cuyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Simple but sublime, best suited to the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cheerily skewed take on the familiar monster-under-the-bed schtick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUDER, LILI by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A good read-aloud or read-alone that is sure to delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lili is so shy that her voice, when she actually says anything, is usually too soft to be heard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TYRANNOSAURUS GAME by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Listeners might be induced to create their own collective yarns after seeing this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rainy day at school turns a dozen restless children into master storytellers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2005

"It's a lovely paean to the power of story and the words that carry it along. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Into Bernie's barn, filled with castoff animals he has either actively collected or hasn't the heart to refuse, wanders Whittington the cat, an ugly bruiser of a tom who seeks community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COD’S TALE by Mark Kurlansky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers of this title will never again look at fish and chips in quite the same way. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An awesome introduction for young readers to the Atlantic codfish by the author of the bestselling adult title, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997). Read full book review >