Search Results: "Vanessa Newton"


BOOK REVIEW

LET FREEDOM SING by Vanessa Newton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A too-intentionally inspirational muddle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This volume takes the song "This Little Light of Mine" and makes it an extended celebration of the heroes of the Civil Right Movement, from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, who "let their lights shine." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRUM CITY by Thea Guidone
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"But be forewarned—anything even remotely drum-like will not be safe for the rest of the day. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A driving beat powers this simple story of a boy who, merrily drumming with kitchen utensils, summons all the neighborhood kids to join him. 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

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 >

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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 >

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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 >