Search Results: "Vanessa Brantley-Newton"


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

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 >

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MY THREE BEST FRIENDS AND ME, ZULAY by Cari Best
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Blind and sighted kids alike will enjoy this cheery outing, which appropriately treats learning to use a white cane with the straightforwardness another might treat learning to ride a bike. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A glimpse at blindness, friendship and perseverance. 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 >

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

THANKSGIVING FOR EMILY ANN by Teresa Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"While there are few books that even mention kids' complaints about the November holiday, the majority of Thanksgiving-themed books address gratitude much more meaningfully (and realistically). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid's perspective on Thanksgiving Day points out all the inconveniences of the holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISTER AND LADY DAY by Amy Novesky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"By highlighting Lady Day's affectionate relationship with Mister, Novesky and Newton invite readers to admire the illustrious singer in a sparkling new light. (author's note, website, adult bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Using simple, reductive prose, this appreciation of jazz great Holiday focuses on the dogs in the singer's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HULA HOOPIN' QUEEN by Thelma Lynne Godin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A fine incentive to motivate couch potatoes young and old to move. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A lively intergenerational picture book that will send readers out to the sidewalk for a hoopin' good time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE LOVE by Bob Marley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"Though this celebration of community is joyful, there just is not much here. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A sugary poem, very loosely based on the familiar song, lacks focus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINK BIG by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Short and peppy enough for plenty of encores—until it's time to go make art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bouncy, early-childhood answer to Glee shows a racially diverse classroom of kids eagerly preparing for a multifaceted art performance. 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 >