Search Results: "Stacy Innerst"


BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS A NATION by Peggy Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life; the choices made and the method of telling are both exemplary. (timeline, further information, notes) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using Thomas Jefferson's own admissions of passion for both his new country and agriculture, details are given about a few of his activities, inventions, and accomplishments, beginning after the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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THE WORM FAMILY by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Steer young readers to such equally joyous, and better conceived, celebrations of diversity as Sheila Hamanaka's All the Colors of the Earth (1994) or Sam Swope's Araboolies of Liberty Street (1989). (Picture book. 7-9)"
A well-intentioned episode derailed by illustrations that are, to say the least, problematic. Read full book review >

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THE ELEVATOR GHOST by Glen Huser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"This creepy gathering of stories creates buzz and possibility but in the end falls short. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rumors abound that the Blatchford Arms is haunted—just the kind of place where a quirky babysitter like Carolina Giddle can brew her ghost tales for a cauldron of young apartment dwellers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"A 'pure-dee' delight for storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tall-tale version of the invention of blue jeans by a New York peddler who came late to the California gold rush but saw a need and filled it. Read full book review >

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RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEATLES WERE FAB by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Parents and (more likely) grandparents who want to introduce children to their favorite band would do better to play a song or two on whatever device is handy—though as Brewer and Krull note, the transformative impact of the Beatles was such that kids may not even recognize the originality of their music. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Many adult readers will agree wholeheartedly with the title of this heartfelt paean to the Fab Four, but unfortunately, Krull and Brewer don't quite manage to offer enough evidence to effectively convey to children the Beatles' unique appeal and immense contributions to pop culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

M IS FOR MUSIC by Kathleen Krull
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Best for those ready to explore an interest in music, this will also appeal to those just learning the alphabet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sophisticated paintings in olive, tan, gray, rust, aqua, and black raise the age level of the appeal of this abecedarian collection of musical terms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUSIC IN GEORGE'S HEAD by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bravo! (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Slade illuminates George Gershwin's creative process, from inception to premiere of "Rhapsody in Blue." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2010

Not many biographies of the 16th U.S. president begin "Poor Abraham Lincoln." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 23, 2010

"Candid and inspiring."
Redbook editor-in-chief Morrison finds a bigger, more honest and balanced self amid the ruins of her marriage. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE WONDERFUL by Stacy Carlson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Carlson serves up a nice commentary on the entertainment racket, and with carefully crafted prose that too often goes on just a beat too long. Still, a refreshing take on an aspect of and time in American history that are too little known."
Talky historical novel about the business of the freak show business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEOPATRA by Stacy Schiff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Successfully dissipating all the perfume, Schiff finds a remarkably complex woman—brutal and loving, dependent and independent, immensely strong but finally vulnerable."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a swift, sympathetic life of one of history's most maligned and legendary women. Read full book review >