Search Results: "Tom Pohrt"


BOOK REVIEW

HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME by Tom Pohrt
Released: April 7, 1999

"A misfire, albeit a promising one; readers will long to see Sam and Eva again, but in a stronger story. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Barry Lopez's Crow and Weasel (1990) moves to a more delicate style and palette to create this set of winsome pictures—accompanying, unfortunately, an aimless half-story. Read full book review >

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COYOTE GOES WALKING by Tom Pohrt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"The stories are too meager to satisfy, but there's a nice verve in the telling, and the perfectly rendered animals are a joy to behold. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his first solo, Pohrt (Bruce Donehower's Miko, Little Hunter of the North, 1990, etc.) paints exquisite pictures, but the four stories he adapts don't quite add up to a complete portrait of the mythic figure of Native American legend. Read full book review >

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TOM by Daniel Torres
by Daniel Torres, translated by Julie Simmons-Lynch, illustrated by Daniel Torres
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Read full book review >

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TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >

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TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN by Philippa Pearce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Perfectly unusual, perfectly lovely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When the invalided Mr. Franklin engages Bet, his housekeeper's young granddaughter, to read aloud to no one in particular in the meadow outside his house, she soon discovers that she is, in fact, reading aloud to a mole—no ordinary mole, but a magicked mole, who has been cursed with eternal life and the capacity for human intelligence and speech. Read full book review >

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THE WISHING BONE by Stephen Mitchell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A handsomely packaged, nicely diverse gathering of words and art. (Poetry. 9-13)"
Plainly channeling Edward Lear and maybe Lewis Carroll too, Mitchell (Hans Christian Andersen's Nightingale, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, 2002, etc.) offers nine rhymed ruminations, daffy episodes, and glimpses of imaginary wildlife, all illustrated, and sometimes illuminated, by Pohrt's (The Tomb of the Boy King, 2001, etc.) small, clean-lined, delicately exact figures. Read full book review >

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THE WALLS OF CARTAGENA by Julia Durango
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2008

"Based on real historical characters, this fictionalized account offers both well-researched detail on a buried chapter in the African slave saga and a clever young hero. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the voice of a reflective storyteller, a slave boy in 17th-century Cartagena, Colombia, tells his story of the injustice around him and how he makes a difference. Read full book review >

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THE TOMB OF THE BOY KING by John Frank
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 9, 2001

"A great way to pique interest in a discovery that's still fascinating after so many years. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The exciting tale of the archaeological dig that resulted in the discovery of the incredible treasures of King Tut's tomb. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY SINS by Jim Heynen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Perhaps 'flash fiction' is the name for these stories, but Heynen has been writing them since before that term came into vogue."
A collection of very short pieces—some less than one page, none longer than two—that find inspiration in character sketches written by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Rich in danger, intrigue and astonishing acts of largesse, these celebrations of loyalty, courage and generosity are as entertaining as they are edifying. (extensive source notes) (Folktales. 10-12)"
The creators of The Wishing Bone: and Other Poems (2003) offer two gently massaged chestnuts and a lesser-known bonbon from various versions of Arabian Nights. Read full book review >