Search Results: "Susan L. Mizruchi"


BOOK REVIEW

BRANDO'S SMILE by Susan L. Mizruchi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2014

"Admitting that she has been obsessed with Brando since she was a teenager, Mizruchi paints a sympathetic and respectful portrait of a man far different from the self-absorbed, self-indulgent one who emerges in other biographies."
According to his latest biographer, Marlon Brando (1924-2004) was a voracious reader, social activist and insightful actor. Read full book review >

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HARD HAT AREA by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2004

"An author's note includes additional information about ironworkers and explains that all ironworker apprentices start out in a similar way. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
Kids who are intrigued by construction sites and equipment will find this unusually structured book a solid hit. Read full book review >

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BUDDHA by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"A handsome book, apparently the only one on Buddha at this level. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Buddha's early life as Prince Siddhartha—the prophecy that caused his father to protect him from the world's woes lest he become a holy man; his discovery, nonetheless, of old age, disease, and death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"It's a heart-filling (not to mention eye-filling) episode that will leave few readers unmoved—and the art is astonishing. (Picture book. 9-11)"
When Little Boy James falls off the barn roof one Sunday morning and won't wake up, Grandpa makes a rare trip up the hill to church—but he doesn't pray the way his tagalong granddaughter expects him to. Read full book review >

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CREAK, THUMP, BONK! by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story around which Roth (Buddha, 1994, etc.) has organized all this (the baby has escaped the crib and is tearing up the place) is hard to discern from the clutter surrounding it, but the clutter itself, with letters and figures leaping over the pages, is very atmospheric. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three children and a dog tiptoe around in the dark, crawling, bumping into one another, shining flashlights, and finding ways to be startled and scared. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The comforting text, combined with the stunning collages, provides a compelling exploration of the year and its seasons for young readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Roth revisits the theme of My Love for You (1997), this time giving it a seasonal ambiance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARCO POLO: His Notebook by Susan L. Roth
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

An attractive-looking book embellished not only with Roth's collages of what looks like ancient parchment and maps but also with excellent reproductions of old prints and other artifacts that contribute to both the informational content and the handsome format. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON'S DAY OUT by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Spare text, perfect pacing, innovative illustrations, and delightful tongue-in-cheek humor make this work on many levels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Illustrated with vivid and expressive collages composed of wood chips, cardboard, wallpaper, an assortment of fibers, and textured, handmade papers, this is the thoroughly charming tale of a gerbil's unexpected adventure outside his cage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE MARTHA AND THE DRAGON by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Combined with the secularity of the retelling, the book needn't scare away those who object to more overtly religious parables. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reading more like a mini-mystery than a myth of early Christianity, this book retells the legend of Saint Martha, who, after witnessing her brother Lazarus rise from the dead, went to Tarascon, France, and tamed a dragon that terrorized the village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIGGEST FROG IN AUSTRALIA by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"There are other stories about Tiddalik the frog—Roth mentions her inspiration in an author's note, and also provides a glossary—but this one casts a very long spell. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Roth (Creak, Thump, Bonk!, 1995, etc.) achieves startling collage images that beautifully enhance a comic Australian folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO BOYS by Susan L. Metzger

"A haunted, dawning horror creeps through this story, and when the revelations appear, it's difficult to put down."
In this novel based on a true story, two victims of a day care facility run by sexual predators grow up together and become best friends, until events from their past catch up, and the friends drift apart in two very different directions. Read full book review >