Search Results: "Stacey Schuett"


BOOK REVIEW

SISTERS OF SCITUATE LIGHT by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Relying on a dramatic use of light and color, Schuett's illustrations intensify the suspense in this little-known historical incident with real-life heroines whose quick-witted defense of their town is sure to inspire. (historical note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
When the British threaten their town during the War of 1812, two patriotic sisters outwit the marauding redcoats in this true story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU WANT TO FIND GOLDEN by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``...watch the morningrise melt/across rooftops/and splash against windows./There's a man on the street corner/who plays golden saxophone./Listen to the music,/dance in the sun...'' For the usual colors and more (black, white, copper, gray), Spinelli's imaginative text, sampling all the senses (the smell of green onions, the taste of cilantro), occasions Schuett's attractive full-bleed paintings, featuring the city scenes described in lush symphonies of color, each with a thematic hue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by Mavis Jukes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Expressing with unusual strength the complexity a child's thoughts may have at such a time, a deeply felt book with potential for comforting or for opening communication. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The first half of this depiction of a child's intensity in imagining an upcoming visit to a dying uncle (a former pilot) is a fantasy beginning with ``If she were a skywriter'' and going on to detail the girl's piloting a plane to write a message across a beautiful sunset: ``Good-bye—I love you—I'll see you in my dreams.'' Then, still in a poignant conditional tense, Jukes describes what may really happen (``her mother would say, `He might not even know you're there' ''); though only ``a little kid,'' the child resolves to brave the uncertainties because she would know she was there, and she'd know what to say. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE by Raffi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2004

"Lyrics recapped, with musical arrangement, at the end. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Schuett's art really lets Raffi's 1982 version of the traditional spiritual shine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT LIGHTS by Steven Schnur
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 7, 2000

"Schnur (Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic, 1999, etc.) has written a perfectly fine concept book, and while it certainly is not breaking any new ground, it will be a welcome addition to the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In rhyming text, a little girl counts the lights in her room, in her house, in the surrounding neighborhood, and even in the night sky before she goes to bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEGINNINGS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Kroll's upbeat, realistic text and Schuett's vibrant acrylic and pastel art combine for a joyous take on the diversity of the contemporary family. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In warmly glowing illustrations and dialogue that exudes familial affection, sketches of six differently composed families. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH, THEODORE! by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A nice addition for classrooms and libraries, and an easy handsell for bookstores. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A boy, settling for the one pet his mom will allow, narrates the gentle, mutual bonding between him and guinea pig Theodore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATERMELON WISHES by Lisa Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2006

"Moser works in some nice horticultural details, and Schuett's radiant pictures, in acrylic and gouache, are as warm and friendly as the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Charlie and his Grandpap's special project is the watermelon patch, and Charlie declares they should grow a "wishing watermelon" in the patch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAT CHANCE THANKSGIVING by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Soft acrylic and gouache illustrations add life to this new take on sharing the traditions of Thanksgiving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The only thing left from the fire that destroyed their home is Carla's copy of A Pilgrim Thanksgiving, and as they move into their new apartment, Carla uses her book as an inspiration for the best Thanksgiving celebration ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICA IS... by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen (1998), is at least as inspirational while, with its suggestion that we may still be a few steps away from Utopia, providing readers with a clearer-eyed view. (Picture book. 5-8)"
You can practically hear the music swell behind Borden's celebration of the US, a land where, between "rugged mountains with caps of snow" and "the swamps and bayous of the Deep South," people "rush to and from work," "proud tribes . . . live in peace with the earth and the sky," and "American farmers grow food that feeds families all over the world." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLASHLIGHT by Betsy James
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"June bugs'' clinging to a screen, but many scenes repeat Marie's wide-eyed fear and illumination of homely corners of the apartment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While staying overnight at Grandpa's, young Marie is scared once the lights are out: ``Mom and Dad are far away, in the bedroom down the hall.'' She is nervous on the fold-out couch in the living room. Read full book review >