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JERRY PINKNEY
CHECKERBOARD [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
LLANAS, SHEILA GRIFFIN
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
June 12, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Twelve illustrators are introduced in this 32 page library bound series. General information about the illustrators' parents, early childhood, pathway to becoming a children's illustrator, book titles and awards are included and will be useful for author/illustrator studies. ic talent emerged early in childhood but it took a chance meeting with a professional artist for him to realize that it could be a career. From his 1st published book in 1964 to the present, Jerry has won countless awards including the Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott honor books and five Coretta Scott King. Wonderful illustrations from some of his award winning folktales showcase his genius. Brief mention is made of how his mother's telling of traditional African-American folktales and his own summers spent in nature led to his choice of stories. Photographs of the artist and illustrations from several different books are detailed in captions and text. Each book explains one element of art such as line, texture or tone in a text box, and describes how it is used in the illustrator's work. Standard non-fiction text features include a table of contents, index, glossary, vocabulary words in bold, captions and varied illustrations. Selected web resources may be found at the publisher's website.
MO WILLEMS
CHECKERBOARD [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
LLANAS, SHEILA GRIFFIN
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
June 12, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Twelve illustrators are introduced in this 32 page library bound series. General information about the illustrators' parents, early childhood, pathway to becoming a children's illustrator, book titles and awards are included and will be useful for author/illustrator studies. Mo Willems' books are already classics amongst early readers and are almost always checked out in my library. Willems path to authoring started with comedy, cartooning, animation and writing for Sesame Street. Doodling lead to the Pigeon books and his daughter Trixie inspired the Knuffel Bunny series. Several books have received awards including Caldecott Honor Books and a Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal. Photographs of the artist and illustrations from several different books are detailed in captions and text . A side panel descrides how shape as an element of art is used in the Willems work. Standard non-fiction text features include a table of contents, index, glossary, vocabulary words in bold, captions and varied illustrations. Selected web resources may be found at the publisher's website.
BRIAN SELZNICK
CHECKERBOARD [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
LLANAS, SHEILA GRIFFIN
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
June 12, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Twelve illustrators are introduced in this 32 page library bound series. General information about the illustrators' parents, early childhood, pathway to becoming a children's illustrator, book titles and awards are included and will be useful for author/illustrator studies. Brian Selznick, recipient of the first Caldecott Award given to a novel, never expected to illustrate and write children's books. A strong childhood imagination, love of reading and movies, a degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a job at a children's bookstore, mingled with advice from his friends eventually leading him to his very successful career. Even his first book, The Houdini Box, based on a college project, won awards! Since then, he has illustrated picture books, chapter books, and biographies; many of them receiving ALA Notable Children's Book recognition. Photographs of the artist and illustrations from several different books are detailed in captions and text. Each book explains one element of art such as line, texture or tone in a text box, and describes how it is used in the illustrator's work. Standard non-fiction text features include a table of contents, index, glossary, vocabulary words in bold, captions and varied illustrations. Selected web resources may be found at the publisher's website.
TONY DITERLIZZI
CHECKERBOARD [ABDO PUBLISHING COMPANY]
LLANAS, SHEILA GRIFFIN
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
3rd grade to 5th grade
June 12, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Twelve illustrators are introduced in this 32 page library bound series. General information about the illustrators' parents, early childhood, pathway to becoming a children's illustrator, book titles and awards are included and will be useful for author/illustrator studies. Tony DiTerlizzi's artistic career started as a young boy but, after college found it difficult to get a job. First hired to create characters for the Dungeons and Dragons game he persevered and was eventually launched as a writer/illustrator. Best known for his collaboration with Holly Black in the Spiderwick Chronicles and The Spider and the Fly, newer books such as the Search for Wondla, Kenny and the Dragon and G is for One Gzonk!, showcase widely varying styles of illustration. Texture as an element of art in DiTerlizzi's books is described in a side panel and the several awards he has won are also mentioned. Standard non-fiction text features include a table of contents, index, glossary, vocabulary words in bold, captions and varied illustrations. Selected web resources may be found at the publisher's website.
BARACK OBAMA : SON OF PROMISE, CHILD OF HOPE
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers]
GRIMES, NIKKI
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
June 28, 2012
Gleb, Heidi
This biography is told by a mother, Hope, to her son. Bryan Collier's watercolor and collage illustrations are beautiful and spot-on with the story being told. My biggest issue is God speaking to Barack Obama. Is this sending a message to children that only those individuals spoken to by God will succeed? Perhaps children will not interpret that part of the story as I did but it did cause me to pause. The timeline and family tree at the end of the story are helpful. This edition is revised and updated for the 2012 election according to the front cover.