An author’s note, an afterword by White’s granddaughter, source notes, a selected bibliography, and a chronological list of his books conclude an excellent guide to the life of a celebrated writer.
...Macaulay’s brilliantly designed, engagingly informal diagrams and cutaways bring within the grasp of even casual viewers a greater understanding of the technological wonders of both past and present.
Though almost every Christian Sunday school puts on a Christmas pageant, there are few picture books that cover this annual holiday event, especially titles accessible to preschoolers. Children preparing to be in a pageant will enjoy this, as will Engelbreit’s many adult fans.
I mention my confusion only because Beasley’s world is otherwise so meticulously drawn, and because young readers have sensitive radar for things they deem too old-fashioned. Nonetheless, “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness” is breathlessly, effortlessly fun.
Though the story is firmly planted in instructional territory, it’s an easily comprehended allegory that should serve as a fine resource for adults looking to explain a multifaceted deity.
"What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? serves as a great little guidebook for corporate employees and other readers, who will undoubtedly welcome her ideas on how to handle relationships at work and at home."
Clarkson’s fans may like this, but Kenny Loggins’ Footloose, illustrated by Tim Bowers (2016), is a superior zoo adventure/song combo.
Searchers of progressive muscle-relaxation books for children will find this choice interesting, but readers after robot fare should look elsewhere.
What Gidwitz, the author of the Grimm trilogy, accomplishes here is staggering. “The Inquisitor’s Tale” is equal parts swashbuckling epic, medieval morality play, religious polemic and bawdy burlesque, propelling us toward a white-knuckle climax...
What brief glimpses we could see of the love story were adorable in the best sense of the word. I really hope kids will like this book as much as I did.
McGinnis gracefully avoids the pitfalls of creating a teenage vigilante, instead maintaining a sense of piercing realism.
Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness, building Mad and Vic’s stories with practiced patience.
Henrietta is pragmatic and bitingly funny, and she more than holds her own in a man’s world. Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy.
After getting to know this lovable team of underdogs (Crowley also provides some outrageously awful antagonists), readers will be all in for the crescendo of the final showdown.
Fierce battles are described in detail, and historical figures such as Sitting Bull, Custer, Annie Oakley, and even Queen Victoria come to life in Cody's incredible story, as do his relations with the loving family he was born into and the tenuous one he created.
The story is consistently engaging, the plot is tightly built...Death means sadness and loss, Cat and Maya learn, but it doesn’t mean the end of love.
...keeps the detail in her candy-colored cartoons to a bare minimum: with characters this expressive and comic rhythms this sharp, why gild the lily? Bonus: “Is that wise, Pig?” makes an excellent family catchphrase.
This is resolved in the best way possible and could, in the hands of a less refined writer, have become pat. MacLachlan’s treatment, however, is magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness.
Dragon lovers—and all who enjoy being teased by playful disconnects between text and pictures—will be plenty happy indeed.
The prose is graceful and brimming with potent physical details, but the adults are alarmingly mature—except for Jubilee’s birth mother. An appealing story weighed down by its protagonist’s self-pity.