Search Results: "Shane W. Evans"


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

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 >

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD by Tameka Fryer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2013

"Figurative and grounded—a nicely sophisticated exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a free-wheeling style and going far beyond the usual pairings of colors with moods, Jamie describes his day's emotional path. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK JACK by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"The title pages and final spread show Johnson, backlit by a powerful sun, the perfect visual metaphor for the hope he gave to black Americans of his time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Through poetry, quotations and some prose, the life of one of boxing's most important stars is celebrated, from his youth as the victim of bullies to the 1908 championship bout against a white fighter that made him a legend. 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 >