Search Results: "Sarah S. Brannen"


BOOK REVIEW

MADAME MARTINE BREAKS THE RULES by Sarah S. Brannen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lovely to look at but inartfully told. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Following his adoption in Madame Martine (2014), Max the dog leads his owner on another chase—this time in the Louvre. Read full book review >

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UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING by Sarah S. Brannen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"At the festive wedding, Chloe declares, 'I planned it all from the beginning,' as she realizes that she isn't losing an uncle, she's gaining one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A modest, affable look at jealousy and reassurance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADAME MARTINE by Sarah S. Brannen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Enchanting. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Adopting a stray dog inspires a routine-bound woman to take a new view of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERS by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The combination of thoughtful approach and careful crafting makes this an excellent resource for early nature study. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
An album of images and a simple text reveal that birds' feathers are far more versatile than one might expect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Many, but not all, kinds of families. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An updated version of a family-diversity book from the 1970s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIG SCRAMBLE by Jessica Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A solid choice for home or school reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life is hard when you're the baby of the family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ABC BOOK OF AMERICAN HOMES by Michael Shoulders
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Despite the uneven text, consider this as a low-key alternative to the likes of Ann Morris's Houses and Homes (1992) or, going further back, Mary Ann Hoberman's A House Is a House for Me (1978). (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Broad spaces, small figures, precise architectural details and clean, straight lines gives Brannen's art in this alphabetical gallery of housing an elegant simplicity that Shoulders's matter-of-fact commentary struggles to emulate: "A is for apartment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author's note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Debut author Liu-Perkins' infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Inspiring and clever, this story captures the simple joy and limitless possibility of belief. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young bear with a very loose tooth anticipates the visit of the mysterious, exciting and petrifying tooth fairy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Given the source material, it should be better. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This useful but uneven volume summarizes the legend of the Trojan War, then describes the archaeological excavations at Hisarlik, the Turkish site believed to have been Troy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S. by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >