Search Results: "Stephen T. Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

AS THE CITY SLEEPS by Stephen T. Johnson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nighty-night, city dwellers. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Like Chris Van Allsburg's Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984) but on a single thematic track, the latest from Johnson (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) offers a series of late-night urban scenes, to which mysterious lights, spectral figures, strange creatures and other nape-prickling features have been added. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABET CITY by Stephen T. Johnson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"It may be the ultimate feat or failure: Finding the man-made alphabet in the man-made urban landscape and rendering it in man-made representations, Johnson dazzles readers and prepares them for more eye-openers should he ever take a walk in the woods. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In his first solo outing (he previously illustrated, among other titles, Robert San Souci's The Snow Wife, 1993), Johnson paints a series of images of objects and places in New York City that look like letters of the alphabet, from A to Z. Two ideas inform the book: The first is the style in which the paintings are done, an accomplished photo-realism; the second is a way of looking at the world through the lens of the alphabet, seeing letters as a man-made geometry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

T by Mitchell J. Rycus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2013

"A fascinating tale of how chance interconnects the lives of a handful of strangers."
In Rycus' (The Soil Is Dead, 2012, etc.) novel, a dying man receives an unexpected gift while vacationing in Bali. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A IS FOR ART by Stephen T. Johnson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Enigmatic and absorbing. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
Johnson laces an exhilarating visual exploration of 20th-century art history with alliterative A-to-Z wordplay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY BY NUMBERS by Stephen T. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Children will relish the game of locating numbers, while adults will pause over Johnson's deliberate use of shape and color to influence mood. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this wordless companion to Alphabet City (1995), Johnson joins the likes of Tana Hoban, Arlene Alda, and Donald Crews in his attraction to the numbers, letters, shapes, and compositions found in the architecture and infrastructures of outdoor places and public spaces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOAL by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A real winner. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Burleigh uses the familiar game of soccer to demonstrate the power of teamwork to achieve success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOPS by Robert Burleigh
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The attempt to capture the game in words is certainly in earnest; the outstanding art merits better. (Picture book. 10+)"
Clumsy writing mars this otherwise breathless, evocative tribute to top-speed playground b-ball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO WANTED A SONG by Steve Sanfield
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Ponderous, but tender. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After the death of her parents, Marici feels alone in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIE MAN'S MIRACLE by Steven Schnur
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"1430) creates pale watercolor portraits, in the style of Barry Moser's earliest work, skillfully capturing the elderly man's posture and the Hoffman's suburban home. (Picture book. 5+)"
Subtitled ``A Chanukah Tale,'' the story of a bent little man who comes to the Hoffman residence on the last night of the holiday to sell ties. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOUR AMERICA by Diane Siebert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Entertaining, educational and possibly even inspirational. (list of art and mediums) (Poetry/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Siebert once again mines her knowledge of the United States, gained during a ten-year motorcycle odyssey with her husband, to produce poems that celebrate sites famous and lesser known. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >