Search Results: "Steve Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

A SPECIAL GIFT FOR GRAMMY by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Unexpected gifts for both Grammy and Hunter are the results from George's satisfying ending; the book is ideal for prompting discussions about ripple effects and the power of imagination. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A bond built on love, understanding and trust between a grandmother and her grandson proves pleasantly surprising for all involved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S MILKING TIME by Phyllis Alsdurf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"It's a lovely, poetic picture. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a Midwestern dairy farm, a young girl helps her father with the daily milking chores, leading their Holsteins to the barn, feeding the calves, shoveling manure and washing up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CASEY BACK AT BAT by Dan Gutman
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Back in 1888, Mighty Casey struck out and left Mudville joyless. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUGTOWN BOOGIE by Warren Hanson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Still, Hanson's cheerful cadences and imaginatively embellished refrains carry the day, and Fancher's typography is handsome and effective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy walking home at dusk narrates his fantastic woodland discovery: a diminutive but raucous party in a tree trunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOFIA'S STOOP STORY by Maria LaPlaca Bohrer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Though a little heavy on the ethnic flavoring, the memories are as rich and savory as Nana's homemade sauce. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A richly sentimental picture of a Sunday gathering from the author's youth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNDAY IS FOR GOD by Michael McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"Simple and joyous. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Weekdays are for school. Saturday's for having fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2009

"A richly textured, nail-biting evocation of the Western Front."
They also serve who only repair equipment, in this absorbing World War I saga. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FROG PRINCE, CONTINUED by Jon Scieszka
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"It's an entertaining effort— just not up to that superlative first book. (Picture book. 5+)"
The co-author (with A. Wolf) of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) assays another humorous embroidery of a traditional tale with somewhat less notable success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP NORTH AT THE CABIN by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1992

"Without the compelling drama of McCloskey's Time of Wonder, but—as a vibrant, affectionate tribute to another region—a worthy of standing on the same shelf. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Happy summer days in Minnesota's north woods are evoked in a generously large book with full-bleed paintings whose lush colors are echoed in the ground of the opposing text to make harmonious double spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MERMAIDS SLEEP by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Youngsters are sure to carry these images into their dreams. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhythmic lines will lull youngsters who are fully immersed in fairy-tale lore into a dreamy state. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DANCING TIGER by Malachy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Magical. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This kind of alchemy is all too rare, where the spaces between the words hold layers of meaning, and the images expand, expound and explode the text in lovely ways. Read full book review >