Search Results: "Stephen Krensky"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST CHRISTMAS TREE by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"The pint-sized tree isn't quite dead wood, but it never comes to life as a believable character the reader can care about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A scraggly, undersized evergreen tree finds a home on Christmas Eve in this sentimental story that turns the unwanted tree into an anthropomorphic main character. Read full book review >

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SPARK THE FIREFIGHTER by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Haley's amusing watercolors lighten up what could be a scary subject, but it's probably not the best choice for children who particularly fear fire. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In the town of Hardscrabble, volunteer firefighters aren't easy to come by. Read full book review >

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NOAH’S BARK by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"While this choice makes the book plenty ecumenical, it also will render readers unfamiliar with the story mystified at Noah's foreknowledge of the flood and determination to build the ark. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Krensky uses the basic elements of the Noah's Ark story for his own original pourquoi tale of how the animals came to have their own distinctive sounds. Read full book review >

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I AM SO BRAVE! by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"A comforting celebration of everyday courage with lots of charm to boot. (Board book. 1-3)"
This upbeat ode to conquering fears will resonate with tots both timid and not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPEN WIDE! by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Enjoyable propaganda. (Board book. 1-2)"
Baby Sam, a reluctant eater, finally takes a bite with the help of the spoon-as-airplane trick. Read full book review >

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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

ADVENTURE
Released: June 2, 2009

"A well-intentioned miss. (6-24 mos.)"
The road to heck is paved with intentions like the one that produced this book. Read full book review >

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PAUL REVERE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A good introduction to the start of the Revolutionary War. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
In a departure from other Paul Revere stories, Krensky (How Santa Lost His Job, 2001, etc.) tells the tale from the perspectives of Paul Revere, British General Gage, and his commander, Lord Percy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAKING FLIGHT by Stephen Krensky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2000

"Attractive, realistic watercolor illustrations on almost every page elevate the text and recreate the miracle of early flight, with the cover showing one of the Wrights clinging to the controls and truly flying by the seat of his pants. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Who were those daring young men in the first flying machines? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIONEL IN THE SUMMER by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Beginning readers will be engrossed by the engaging content and encouraged by the fluid text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lionel and his family are back for more adventures in this latest Easy-to-Read installment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIONEL AT SCHOOL by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in these authentically childlike characters and episodes; better yet, they'll enjoy them. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Krensky's appealing primary-grader (Lionel in the Summer, 1998, etc.) takes on school challenges sure to interest beginning readers, and once again Natti's cheerful, two-to-a-spread, pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor wash illustrations accompany them. Read full book review >