REVIEWS


In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett

Children's Literature Association Quarterly: " the wide range of contributions to the volume is unusual.... Time spent in the literary garden that Carpenter offers in this collection is time well spent, indeed."

The Lion and the Unicorn: "Together, the authors give a sense of what can and should be explored about Burnett's work; they stake a claim for continued study of this important literary figure whose texts inspire many adaptations, theatrical performances, historical studies, and critical scholarship.... In the Garden ... serves as an introduction not only to Burnett's life and children's texts but also to her novels for adults and their many adaptations.... Like an old-fashioned country garden with an eclectic mixture of flowers, In the Garden invites wandering through new terrain."


Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass

The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books: " reflective of contemporary research and changing views, and it rises above many older clichés: this isn't the hackneyed picture of Lewis Carroll, Wonded Soul, but rather a more complicated view of a man whose life contained pleasures and successes as well as disappointments."

The Lorgnette-Heart of Texas Reviews: " It is an honest portrait of a gentle, imaginative, highly gifted man."

VOYA: "the photography interspersed throughout the text allows the reader to see into Carroll's life and photgraphic art. Carpenter addresses the issue of Carroll's proclivity for young girls, yet she manages to keep it from becoming the focus of his relationship with Alice. Because Carroll kept a copy of all the letters he wrote, there is a great deal of primary information that flows nicely with the text of the biography."


Robert Lewis Stevenson: Finding Treasure Island

School Library Journal: "...exceptionally well-documented ... A readable, fact-filled volume."

Booklist: "Concrete details of his childhood and youth, as well as quotations from letters and other period writings give the story immediacy. An involving and well-documented account of the writer's life."


L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz

Kirkus Reviews: "An impressively researched account of Baum's variegated career as writer, actor, impressario, filmmaker, and devoted family man, whose health and finances were both often precarious. Many amusing or telling anecdotes give a strong sense of the man's personality. Exceptionally well illustrated ... highly recommended."

Booklist: " ... an entertaining and informative look at the vicissitudinous life of Baum ... setting him squarely within his time. Kids who have loved the Oz series will enjoy reading about its creator."


Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden

School Library Journal, starred review: " A first-rate biography ... The writing is intelligent and honest in detailing all facets of this amazing life. Reading like a good novel, this is a celebration of who Frances Hodgson Burnett was and what made her so."

Booklist: " ... highly readable ... Copiously illustrated with photographs, portraits, and drawings ... will appeal to the many readers whose hearts Burnett has touched through her books."

Angelica Carpenter