Search Results: "Shane W. Evans"


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

OLU'S DREAM by Shane W.  Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While the simple rhyming text of successive couplets is regrettably inelegant, this is a pleasant story that encourages readers to use their creative capacities. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Curly-haired Olu would rather play than sleep, but when Dad and Mom turn off the lights, the vivacious tyke embarks on a series of fantastical dreams. 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

SHANE by Jack Schaefer
Released: Oct. 14, 1949

"A real superiority here, narrative and literary."
A classic touch to this story of fiddlefooted, withdrawn, softspoken Shane who drifts in, stays on with Wyoming homesteader Starrett. 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

WHEN HARRIET MET SOJOURNER by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's a nifty idea, but, alas, the vessel is somewhat stronger than its story. (Picture book/fictionalized nonfiction. 7-10)"
A patchwork motif visually pieces together the stories of the two redoubtable abolitionists, who met only once—in Boston in 1864—but who shared a passionate mission. 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

CHOCOLATE ME! by Taye Diggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Self-worth is always worth bolstering, but the positive message here is clouded by muddled subtexts and visual cues. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Dark-skinned children are more likely to be confused than comforted by this unvarnished esteem-builder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although not outstanding, it is undeniably useful as the only picture-book biography of the self-taught Hunter, who died in 1988 at the age of 101. (thumbnail reproductions, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Hunter started painting on scraps and gourds at age 50, using paints left by artists who frequented the Louisiana plantation where she worked. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLD THE FLAG HIGH by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

"A strong lead-in to Clinton Cox's Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (1991) or Clinton's own The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present (2000). (time line, resource list) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Evans's thickly brushed scenes of African-American soldiers with downcast eyes, clustered beneath rippling Stars and Stripes, lend an air of ritual solemnity in keeping with Clinton's inspiring commemoration of Sgt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHANNA’S TEACHER SHOW by Jean Marzollo
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Erudite and exuberant, Shanna definitely delivers the goods on teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marzollo's sapient heroine, Shanna, demonstrates the art of teaching with vivacious role-playing that makes this latest edition in the series (Shanna's Doctor Show, not reviewed, etc.) a rousing success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAKE IT TO THE HOOP, MAGIC JOHNSON by Quincy Troupe
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A three-point shot from downtown! (Picture book. All ages)"
Dynamic, kid-centered book design, a poetic, pumped-up text set in a high-energy typeface, and jazzy line art set in vivid expanses of color all masterfully combine in this terrific picture-book paean to the life and career of Lakers' star Magic Johnson. Read full book review >