Author/Illustrator: Douglas Florian
Reviewed by Janiah A., Grade V
The book is about summer. It is about how the author tells us what he thinks of the summer, but he tells us through different points of view. Like sometimes he describes summer as a terrible hot itchy season. But sometimes he says it a great bonding season and a great time to play and have a break from school. The main message is that everyone has a different opinion of summer and Douglas Florian's book, Summersaults, shows you that.
It takes place in Summer. Sometimes it is the night or sometimes the day. It all really depends on what the poem is about. Yes it is important to the story because you need to know if it is day or night so you can know what kind or book or poem it is.
The illustrations help me as a reader because I feel the vibe of the book and you get to see how everything would look instead of imagining it when there are no illustrations.
I would definitely recommend this book because it tells you what ways you can look at Summer. You can look at it a positive way or you can look at it in a negative way. Its your opinion.
Title: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Reviewed by: Sarah H., Grade II/III
A boy named Horace Pippin loved to draw, but his family didn't have enough money to buy him any art supplies. One day Horace saw a picture in a magazine that said, “Draw Me! And Win A Prize.” He drew it perfectly. A few days later a package came. Horace opened it and it said, “Congratulations!” and had art supplies. He outlined a picture with charcoal and painted it and added a splash of red. Everybody asked him to paint pictures for them and so he did. When he was older he went to war in Germany, and was shot in his right arm. He had to figure out how to still draw. Horace Pippin became an amazing artist even though he had to overcome many challenges.
This story took place in the past from 1888 until the middle of the 1900s, and was mostly in the United States, including West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Horace Pippin was born on February 22, 1888. When he was at war it took about 3 years for the war to be over. He hurts his arm and learns that he can still draw and paint.
The pictures are very pretty they really helped to describe the words. The pictures are important because Horace Pippin was an artist, and we get to see his artwork.
I would recommend this book to kids who love art and to anyone who loves to read. I especially liked that it was about a real person who overcame his challenges.
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy
Reviewed by: Sean B., Grade V
This book is about a beetle named Marvin who replicates masterpieces from the artist Durer. It all started when Marvin gave the boy who lives in the Pompaday's apartment, a picture of the scene outside his window that Marvin made. As a good friend, he pretends James made the art. The message is that little creatures can do impressive things.
The setting is in a large apartment in the upper part of Manhattan. The time is the present. They also travel to center and lower Manhattan. The majority of the story takes place in the MET.
One main character is Marvin. He is very reckless, like me in a way. When he is told to be safe by a family member or a good friend, he usually finds it very annoying.
I think the illustrations can be better, but I still give kudos to Kelly Murphy. The illustrations can be in color and simply more detailed. It is not a problem for me because I can picture the illustrations in my head instead of the actual illustrations.
I would recommend this book because it is very interesting. It has scary parts and mellow parts, so it has a bit of what everyone likes. That is why I would recommend it.
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