Search Results: "Valerio Vidali"


BOOK REVIEW

JEMMY BUTTON by Jennifer Uman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"The ultimate home-away-home story, beautifully rendered. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this true story, an indigenous boy from Tierra del Fuego is transported to London in the early 1800s, where he encounters a vastly different world. Read full book review >

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THE HUNGRY GHOSTS by Julius Lester
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Not just for Halloween, it's a solid, not-too-scary ghost story for any season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When a sudden cold breeze wakes Malcolm David out of a sound sleep, he suspects ghosts and asks his ringring bird to wake him the next night "between Not-Yet-Yesterday and Almost-Tomorrow" to investigate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Clever, humorous sequel with a 'take-charge, kick-butt' heroine. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Blue in the Face (2016), 12-year-old, white Elspeth returns to the parallel world of New Winkieland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE IN THE FACE by Gerry Swallow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A surprising heroine fulfills her destiny in this rollicking version of Mother Goose. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After throwing a terrible tantrum, a horrid 11-year-old wakes up in a parallel world and discovers her true self. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL ABOARD FOR DREAMLAND! by Melanie Harby
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 3, 2008

"Valério's brightly colored, stylized paintings, textured with visible brushstrokes and the occasional cutout piece of graph paper, are just jaunty enough to fuel this giddy trip to Dreamland. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"All aboard for Dreamland!" is the clarion call of this rhythmic bedtime read-aloud that opens with a giant megaphone blaring out a wavy set of railroad tracks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Luminous illustrations in glowing, jeweled tones are filled with flowing lines that establish a dreamy quality, softening the lines between fantasy and reality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A grinning girl with golden hair floats through the night sky on the star-spangled cover of this lyrical look at the power of a supportive family. Read full book review >

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DO YOU HAVE A HAT? by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"With a line or two of background for each historical figure supplied on the endpapers, this nicely expands the 'hats as occupational markers' theme in Ann Morris's Hats, Hats, Hats (1989), and others. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
In bouncy rhyme, Spinelli invites younger readers to contemplate the many shapes and uses of headgear throughout history, drawing on specific examples from Abe Lincoln to Carmen Miranda: "John Chapman had a hat. / They say he wore a cooking pot. / Some folks believe that, some do not. / If true—he was a sight indeed— / a pot-topped sower of apple seed. / Do YOU have a hat?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S MOVING DAY! by Pamela Hickman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"He uses naturalistic swathes of color to portray the seasons and the animals, excellently conveying birth, renewal and the passage of time—indeed, the vivid and kinetic paintings are the real standout. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
A variety of the animals that burrow into the earth for various purposes are the focus of this science picture book for very young children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WINTER'S NIGHT by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A solid, credible, satisfying examination of the destruction of a way of life."
A novel from Italian author Manfredi (The Ides of March, 2009, etc.) that follows three generations of the Bruni family, sharecroppers in the countryside near Bologna, Italy. A modern chronicle, it begins just before World War I and ends in the politically turbulent period after World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The telling is rich with a storyteller's voice and sound effects, while Valério's bright blues and yellows span the spreads with broad, brush strokes that mirror the setting of this symbiotic, ecology folktale. (source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
This third collaboration between author and illustrator (Conejito, 2006, and Go to Sleep, Gecko!, 2007) derives from Micronesia, specifically the Marshall Islands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GO TO SLEEP, GECKO! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Valério's bright acrylics, full of goofy grins and exaggerated noses, highlight the humor of this bouncy ecological fable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Balinese folktale begins one starry night when the gecko complains to the elephant, who is the village boss, that he can't sleep because of the blinking of the fireflies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONEJITO by Margaret Read MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A lively, and less violent, variation on Betsy Bang's Bengali version, The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin (1975), illustrated by Molly Garrett Bang. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
MacDonald weaves context-translated Spanish and a simple campfire song into this easy-to-learn tale of a young rabbit who outwits three predators with some help from his canny Auntie. Read full book review >