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Reviews of select books by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everythingby Ashley Bryan; photos by Ken Hannon; photos edited by Rich EntelPrimary    Atheneum    80 pp.7/14    978-1-4424-8728-4   e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8729-1It’s impossible to come away from this book without renewed respect for Ashley Bryan as a fine artist. In addition to being a storyteller and illustrator,...

Nonfiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner The Family Romanov:Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russiaby Candace FlemingMiddle School, High School 
 Schwartz & Wade/Random  287 pp.7/14 978-0-375-86782-8 $18.99Library ed. 978-0-375-96782-5 $21.99 ge-book ed. 978-0-375-89864-8 $10.99Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma (rev. 1/09) with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s...

Reviews of the 2015 Caldecott Award winners

Winner:The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/14     978-0-316-19998-8     $17.00Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn't happen, Beekle sails off to the real world — a city full of boring...

Reviews of the 2015 Sibert Award winners

Winner: The Right Word:Roget and His Thesaurusby Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary     Eerdmans    48 pp.9/14     978-0-8028-5385-1     $17.50Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping...

Reviews of the 2015 Batchelder Award winners

Winner:Mikis and the Donkeyby Bibi Dumon Tak; illus. by Philip Hopman; trans. from the Dutch by Laura WatkinsonPrimary, Intermediate   Eerdmans   93 pp.10/14   978-0-8028-5430-8   $13.00Setting the stage on the island of Corfu, Hopman’s atmospheric opening illustrations pan in from aerial view to village to Mikis’s grandpa under a sycamore tree with...

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Viva Fridaby Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author with photos by Tim O’MearaPrimary, Intermediate  Porter/Roaring Brook  40 pp.9/14   978-1-59643-603-9   $17.99   gThere have been several books for young readers about Frida Kahlo, but none has come close to the emotional aesthetic Morales brings to her subject, as a Mexican artist herself...

Reviews of the 2015 Printz winners

Winner:I’ll Give You the Sunby Jandy NelsonHigh School   Dial   375 pp.9/14   978-0-8037-3496-8   $17.99   gIn her much-anticipated second book, Nelson (The Sky Is Everywhere, rev. 3/10) delivers another novel of romance, tragedy, grief, and healing, told in poetic prose with the barest hint of magical realism. Jude and Noah are fraternal...

Review of Storm

Stormby Donna Jo NapoliHigh School    Wiseman/Simon    357 pp.2/14    978-1-4814-0302-3    $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-4814-0304-7    $10.99Sixteen-year-old Sebah, a Canaanite girl, survives a massive flood that kills her family. As the rains continue for weeks on end, she and another survivor, Aban, are forced to build a raft to escape the rising waters. Barely...

Review of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaustby Loïc Dauvillier; illus. by Marc Lizano; color by Greg Salsedo; trans. from the French by Alexis SiegelPrimary, Intermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    78 pp.4/14    978-1-59643-873-6    $16.99In this graphic novel for younger readers, Elsa wakes up in the night and discovers her grandmother sitting in...

Review of At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangduiby Christine Liu-Perkins; 
illus. by Sarah S. BrannenIntermediate, Middle School    Charlesbridge    80 pp.4/14    978-1-58089-370-1    $19.95e-book ed.  978-1-60734-615-9    $9.99Late in 1971, workers digging an air-raid shelter in Hunan Province found three tombs of a noble family from early...

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