Books by Gary Blythe

THE TOYMAKER by Jeremy de Quidt
FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Seductive nightmare fuel. (Horror. 10 & up)"
A disturbing dark fantasy dredges the uncanny valley to masterful effect. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT BEAR by Gillian Shields
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2008

"At the center of this whimsical tale is a gently reassuring message regarding the nature of love and acceptance that young readers will embrace. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shields's affecting tale chronicles an arrogant toy's transition from revered object to beloved companion. Read full book review >
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"And like Jeanette Winter's The Librarian of Basra (2005), the idea that saving literature is as heroic as saving lives comes through loud and clear. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a fictional episode inspired by several true ones, people band together to save their library after a sudden attack leaves their small town in flames. Read full book review >
ICE BEAR by Nicola Davies
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

Impressionistic, dramatically lit Arctic scenes form an apt backdrop for this brief, strongly worded tribute to the world's largest non-marine predator. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE STAR by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"He and Dunbar (Seven Sillies, 1994, etc.) do full justice both to the glory and to the simple humanity of the Christmas story. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This Is The Star ($16.00; Oct. 1996; 36 pp.; 0-15-200851-9): A cumulative rhyme that simply and gracefully tells the Nativity story, with intensely dramatic full-bleed oil paintings to illustrate each element—star, shepherds, angel, stable, Christ child, wise men, and all the rest. Read full book review >
UNDER THE MOON by Dyan Sheldon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 1994

"Pretty, but not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team that collaborated on the widely praised The Whales' Song (1991) essays a theme explored most notably in George Ella Lyons's Dreamplace (1993) and Who Came Down That Road (1992). Read full book review >
THE WHALES' SONG by Dyan Sheldon
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Outstanding. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lilly's grandmother tells her about whales: ``...big as the hills...peaceful as the moon...wondrous...'' When they were more numerous, she used go to the pier to hear them sing—perhaps in response to her gifts: a perfect shell or stone. Read full book review >