Reviews for Maurice Sendak

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
These very brief, accessible, photo-heavy biographies offer high points of the careers of two giants of children's literature (the book was published before Sendak's death). The simple one or two lines of text accompanying each picture act more as captions, without really identifying either what's going on in the photo or why it's relevant to the person's life. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Author Biographies titles: Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak.]

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 October
This series, written by Charlotte Guillain, introduces transitional level readers to favorite authors in a question and answer format that is fresh and interesting. Combining many photos of each author with events from his/her life, readers will find answers to questions such as "Where did the author grow up?", "What else does the author like to do?", and "Why is the author famous today?" Each title employs the same easy-to-read format with one or two sentences per page, written in a large, readable font. The books include a timeline of the author's life and work, a section of additional titles, and a website for further reading. These books will be a good resource for beginning research. Glossary. Index. Brook Berg, Library Media Specialist, Riverview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota [Editor's Note: There is also a volume on Roald Dahl, not seen by our reviewer.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

PreS-Gr 1--These short biographies introduce famous children's book authors. A question at the top of each spread is answered by a few sentences below. The texts briefly cover the authors' early lives, books and common themes, outside interests, and, most importantly, what spurred them to begin writing. Guillain also dedicates a spread to the illustrations (and illustrators, where applicable). The large pictures depict important settings, photos of the authors and their books, and movie stills. However, the lack of clear captions greatly reduces their effectiveness, and the time lines are too brief to be useful. While they are too short for reports, these books might spur young readers to seek more detailed accounts of these authors' lives. The "About the Author" series (Rosen/PowerKids Pr) is a better choice.

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