Search Results: "Stanley Wiater"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 1993

"Bypassing newsstands led to greater artistic freedom for a genre that's come a long way from superheroes and funny animals, as this volume makes so clear. (Illustrations)"
``Rebel,'' for the purposes of this collection of 25 original interviews with various comic-book artists, is defined by the artists' relationships to the two major comic-book publishers, Marvel and DC, who are seen here as ``amoral'' corporations with no respect for ``creator rights.'' Bissette's own censorship problems- -his work on the popular Swamp Thing series was altered—no doubt inspired these interviews (Wiater is the author of Dark Dreamers, 1990, a collection of conversations with horror writers). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An excellent introduction that will lead older children (and adults) to the music. (author's notes, chronology, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
At three, Mozart heard his older sister play the clavier and copied her. Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

From Stanley (Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter, 1997, etc.), a sympathetic biography that is also a straightforward affair, captured in gemlike illustrations that feign a Book of Hours touch—though many are drenched in piety—recounting the story of Joan's life. Read full book review >

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GEORGE MILLS by Stanley Elkin
Released: Oct. 25, 1982

"So, though this 488-page novel is a leaky collection of parts rather than one whole strong book (Elkin is a short-form writer no matter how he's packaged), connoisseurs of comic fiction will consider it required reading: a brilliant set of flags blowing the irrepressible wind of Elkin's fierce, bold comedy."
George Mills, who lives in St. Read full book review >

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TYGER! TYGER! by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Teachers hoping to use the book as a springboard for class discussion of conservation issues, or as part of an area study, should be warned that some readers may be deeply disturbed. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The development of a Buddhist sanctuary for tigers threatened by poachers in Thailand is presented as a graphically illustrated fable. Read full book review >

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THE DELIVERANCE OF DANCING BEARS by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A postscript by the author explains her passion for this issue and provides information on how to join the activism for saving the dancing bears and other abused animals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unusual story based on fact carries a richly satisfying message. Read full book review >

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LETTICE, THE DANCING RABBIT by Mandy Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Let us hope so. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Lettice is a pale-gray bunny ballerina who wears pink slippers and a hair bow with sparkly glitter on the cover of this sweet (some might say saccharine) story, its charming illustrations in pretty pastels complemented by perky pink-checked endpapers. Read full book review >

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MONKEY FOR SALE by Sanna Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"The observant young reader will detect and enjoy the circular story of trading among the villagers and the inevitable return of the monkey. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an echo of The Old Woman and Her Pig, an African village market is the scene of several purchases and subsequent rounds of barter initiated by a young girl and her friend. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO DA VINCI by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"More than Leonardo's genius, this book captures the caprice time and fate plays on even the gifted, so that what readers finally admire in Leonardo are not his creations, but his ideas. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7+)"
He might be called an eccentric and a dreamer. Read full book review >

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LETTICE THE FLOWER GIRL by Mandy Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Prospective flower girls (and those who would like to join their ranks) will enjoy Lettice's wedding adventure, the 'most perfect day' of her young life. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aptly-named Lettice is a charmingly sweet bunny who is asked to be the flower girl at the wedding of her dance teacher, a woman named Giselle. Read full book review >

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SALADIN by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Though this will leave readers with some questions (Stanley provides no references for some of the more interesting tidbits that they may be curious about), it brings this hero to light for a young audience, who may only be familiar with this period from the Christian history. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Stanley, in her usual style (Michelangelo, 2000, etc.), gives a brief, lavishly illustrated account of this famous Muslim leader who united his people against the Christian Crusaders of the 12th century. Read full book review >

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THE GIANT AND THE BEANSTALK by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A must for all fractured-fairytale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley has again managed an inspired spin on an old fairy tale, telling Jack and the Beanstalk from the not-so-fierce and much-teased giant Otto's point of view. Read full book review >