Search Results: "Tres Seymour"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

Readers won't find this neighbor strange; he merely entertains an age-old desire to fly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE IN THE DESERT by Tres Seymour
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Less a novel than a perceptive character study that makes the suicidal depression of a youth who seems to have everything painfully believable: Seymour's beautifully written first book will speak eloquently to the concerns of many young people. (Fiction. 12+)"
Intrigued by an aloof, abstracted classmate, Rebecca passes him a note inquiring, ``Anybody home?'' Her persistence is rewarded with tentative friendship and the gradual unveiling of the painful inner life of ``O.Z.'' Gifted and privileged, O.Z. can't bear his parents' relentless focus on his achievements, their plans for his future, or their thoughtless condescension to his nice older brother Reuben (an engineering student at UNC), whom he surpasses at every turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Take it as a tall tale, and watch the fireworks fly. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Seymour (Our Neighbor Is a Strange, Strange Man, p. 71, etc.) tells an enchanting story about a battle of wills between Farmer Puckett's wife and Jake Johnson, the new mule that Farmer Puckett bought to pull his wagon of fireworks to the town's Independence Day social. Read full book review >

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THE REVELATION OF SAINT BRUCE by Tres Seymour
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Bruce's dilemma, his moral choices, and his wish to be an individual are sure to spark lively debates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From Seymour (We Played Marbles, p. 118, etc.), a subtle, smart novel that encourages analytical thinking with its combination of an effective narrative and perceptive characterizations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK SKY RIVER by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Andreasen's mournful paintings, fusing Norman Rockwell and John Constable, complement the melancholy air of the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy sits and watches the river flow, only this is a river of birds—countless starlings, maybe grackles—that comprise the Black Sky River. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE PLAYED MARBLES by Tres Seymour
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The text demands awareness of the war and will elicit questions, so adults who share the book with children may wish to come armed with even more information than is provided in Seymour's helpful note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A narrative—strikingly similar to Eve Bunting's The Blue and the Gray (1996)—about two boys playing on a former Civil War battlefield; it is suffused with nostalgia and complete with a seed of truth, explained in an author's note. ``We played marbles on our Papaw's farm, on the high dirt mounds of old Fort Craig left over from the Civil War.'' The two boys, perhaps seven and nine, refer to historical events such as a colonel falling from a horse, which Andreasen depicts dreamily in a cloud formation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLE DOG by Tres Seymour
by Tres Seymour, illustrated by David Soman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Poignantly telling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Old dog, old dog,/ Left by the telephone pole dog/ They're coming back for their old dog''—but, as is often the case, they're not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE MY BUZZARD by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Pure fun. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An effervescent, kid-appealing parody of a popular folk song (``Yonder Tree''): An impish-looking boy details the delights of his bizarre pets (``I love my warthog and my warthog loves me./He blows his round nose on my sleeve./He borrows my toothpaste, my brush, and my floss./My mom has asked him to leave.'') Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUCTION! by Tres Seymour
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Aunt Lou would say. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Aunt Lou loves an auction "better than anything," so when auction day comes, the entire family ventures forth to see what treasures might lurk among the kerosene lamps, toasters, stuffed groundhogs and plastic flowers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO QUIET FOR THESE OLD BONES by Tres Seymour
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Not original in any way, but good for one noisy read-through. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Seymour (Black Sky River, 1996, etc.) presents a glimpse of a surprising sort of grandparent, in clumsy, awkward verse. Read full book review >

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HUNTING THE WHITE COW by Tres Seymour
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"They make a rather odd match with the laconic, earthy story, but it's a marriage of unlikes that might wear very well. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A winning tale that begs to be shared aloud: a country-style tall-tale about the fruitless forays of the narrator's daddy— with various helpers in ``their old, brown, crusty cow-pie boots''—to catch a peculiarly elusive cow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET DRESSED! by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A clever, dapper package. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A fashion lookbook for the preschool set—including a soup pot and a skirt made of envelopes? Read full book review >