Search Results: "Vanessa Brantley-Newton"


BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA'S PURSE by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The magic of grandparents is undeniable, and this book is an excellent treat for grandkids to share with their own grandmas and grandpas, or the other way around. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Treasure could be hiding in the most surprising places. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS by Marie Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"An engaging look at a fascinating difference in perception, for younger readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl with synesthesia engages the world with all five senses, plus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON by Ramin Ganeshram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Children whose grown-ups do not address the material in the notes with them will be left with a sorely incomplete understanding of both the protagonists' lives and slavery itself. (recipe) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Delia's papa, Hercules, faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge: how to bake a birthday cake for his master, President George Washington, without sugar? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANNAH SPARKLES by Robin Mellom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A serviceable title on friendship. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Do friends always have to enjoy the same activities? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM by Tammi Sauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Welcome, Mary! We hope to see you again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY FACES by Mallory Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"This fails to bring life to the impressive real-life range of tots' mannerisms. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
There's not enough visual variation in these babies' faces to cause many smiles to break out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NIGHT OUT WITH MAMA by Quvenzhané Wallis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"As (at 9) the youngest contender to date for an Academy Award best actress prize, Wallis narrates a story well worth reading and sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few brown girls (and even few brown women) have ever been able to tell a story like this. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A vivid reminder that it took a community to fight segregation and the community responded. (author's note, timeline, recipe, sources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Readers can decide whether, were they in Audrey's shoes, they would make the same dangerous decision. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An inspiring, exciting introduction to avant-garde art and social commentary, this biography convinces young readers that art can exist, thrive and effect change outside in the real world. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Multi-colored, multi-layered, multi-media illustrations trace the life of Tyree Guyton and his visionary artwork, which used reclaimed trash to turn a derelict Detroit street into community-activist art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"This series kick-off will publish simultaneously with its second volume, Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme (ISBN: 978-0-545-01761-9). (Fiction. 7-10)"
African-American third-grader Ruby Booker is going to school with her three older and immensely popular brothers for the first time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEWING STORIES by Barbara Herkert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Harriet Powers: an artist worth knowing. (author's notes, bibliography, quilt explanations) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The story of a little-known historical figure whose life was sewn together with quilts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. Read full book review >