Search Results: "Tom Shefelman"


BOOK REVIEW

I, VIVALDI by Janice Shefelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A citation for a favored recording of 'The Four Seasons' and a few printed bars of 'Spring' close this fetching introduction to one of the great masters of the Baroque era. (historical note, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Children are at least as likely to pore over the pictures as absorb the narrative in this first-person account of Vivaldi's youth and prime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PEDDLER'S DREAM by Janice Shefelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The straightforward, well- researched story is attractively illustrated in pen and watercolor with a wealth of period details. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A classic immigrant success story with a protagonist more unusual in children's literature than in real life: a Lebanese American. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNA MARIA’S GIFT by Janice Shefelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2010

"Papp's illustrations not seen. (Historical fiction. 6-9)"
Shortly after her father's death, Anna Maria is sent to study violin at the Pietà, an orphanage and music school for girls in Venice. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Cheers of 'STOOKY!' will rise when Origami Yoda answers 'The End?' with 'Way No!' (Graphic fiction hybrid. 9-12)"
Is Principal Rabbski the evil Empress of FunTime or the Origami Rebel Alliance's only hope? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BACH by Tom Leonard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An imaginative look at what sparked a musical genius.(Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Johann Sebastian Bach's early years come to life in a delightful salute to the 17th-century German composer. Read full book review >

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HERMAN'S VACATION by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"The benefits derived from this friendship are pretty one-sided, as is Percival's notion of a happy ending. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Henry the magenta raccoon would really like to go on an expensive jaunt to Cake World or Jelly Bean Falls with his bear pal Herman, but their limited funds necessitate a sojourn at Luckywell discount campsite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A bracing, deeply saddening journey into death and loss whose wryly affirmative resolution, 'joy breaking through the storm clouds,' is nothing but hard won."
What happens to you when your child dies? "You fall," writes cartoonist and bereaved father Hart (Sequential Art/Univ. of Florida), "into a hole." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Enthusiasts of military heroics should enjoy this grueling account of valor."
Inspirational narrative focused on the friendship between Marine Travis Manion and Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, Naval Academy roommates who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUBBLE TROUBLE by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"The book treads familiar friendship territory and ends up feeling as insubstantial as, well, a bubble. (Picture book. 2-6)"
How much trouble can a bubble really cause? You'd be surprised. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMPEROR PICKLETINE RIDES THE BUS by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"One last time: 'stooky!' (Er, 'fantastic!') (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 9-12)"
A daylong field trip without origami? Nostrul! Er, awful! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERMAN'S LETTER by Tom Percival
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Hibernation, dedication and one long-distance friendship that will never be forgotten: a must-have when a friend moves away. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Best friends Herman and Henry pledge to stay that way through letters when Henry has to move. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both. (Origami Yoda instructions) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth grader Tommy has a dilemma: He doesn't know whether to trust the advice of Origami Yoda, who dispenses wisdom from his perch on the finger of mega-nerd Dwight. Read full book review >