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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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 >

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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

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 >

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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 >

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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

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

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

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

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A compelling, comprehensive biography of a man who contributed much to American manufacturing—perfect for readers who like to root for the underdog."
Biography of William Skinner, "a leading founder of the American silk industry," from Skinner's great-great-granddaughter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Brannen may not be Elizabeth Kolbert, but he provides a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change."
A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future, when conscious life may become extinct. Read full book review >