Search Results: "Shane Evans"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN GORILLA GOES WALKING by Nikki Grimes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A great cover—a close-up of green-eyed, gray Gorilla's head with tongue licking her chops—is sure to entice cat lovers everywhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl named Cecilia describes her affection and relationship with her cat, Gorilla, in short snappy poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIXED ME! by Taye Diggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"If all kids had the confidence about who they are that Mike has, what a wonderful world this would be. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Some kids call him "Mixed-up Mike," but the protagonist makes clear that he isn't mixed-up at all—just mixed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a book commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965, readers are introduced to 100-year-old black Alabaman Lillian, who recalls her long-delayed journey to exercise her American right to vote 50 years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED PENCIL by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A soulful story that captures the magic of possibility, even in difficult times. (author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Verse fiction. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old Sudanese girl struggles for survival after a janjaweed attack on her town forces her family to seek safety in an overcrowded refugee camp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDERGROUND by Shane W.  Evans
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Lengthier accounts of travel on the Underground Railroad abound, but few if any portray the experience with such compelling immediacy. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Powerfully expressive imagery will sweep young viewers into this suspenseful journey along the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Extensive back matter includes an illustrator's note, acknowledgments, bibliography, further reading, Web sites, and an index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Rappaport and Evans reprise the passion and power that informed their 2002 collaboration No More! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE! by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An excellent account of the many ways in which slaves participated in bringing down the greatest evil in our nation's history. (author's note, chronology of important events, bibliography, recommended reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A poem about the impossibility of enslaving the mind and soul of a person in chains sets the tone for this stunning collection of stories and songs in tribute to slave resistance in America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOWN THE WINDING ROAD by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2000

"A fine book about a strong African-American family and a moving story about the relationship between children and the older members of a family that doesn't involve death, Alzheimer's Disease, or dwell too heavily on other problems of aging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A poignant story about enduring bonds adds a special touch to a common family experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Rather than increasing the immediacy of the experience, as it did in the earlier volumes, it serves to distance the reader from people and events, which is a pity considering its beauty. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Following on the heels of No More! (2002) and Free at Last (2004) is the third in this striking trilogy documenting African-American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Homemade Love by bell hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"This joyful, loving African-American family is a model for all families to emulate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no plot in this paean to parental unconditional love, but one isn't needed; the bold design and bright colors infuse enough energy into the soothing message to keep readers and listeners hooked. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE MARCH by Shane W.  Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An African-American family awakens before dawn to prepare for the historic March on Washington in August, 1963. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >