Books by Renée Kurilla

CHICKS RULE! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"I am woman, hear me peep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a bespectacled yellow chick arrives, toy rocket under one wing, at the coop that houses the Rocket Club ("the coolest club in the galaxy") to find a "No Chicks Allowed!!!" sign, it spawns a feathered revolution. Read full book review >
RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE by Lisl H. Detlefsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An age-appropriate informational picture book offering a sunny celebration of farming. "
In this farm-themed picture book, children learn the sources of the foods they eat. Read full book review >
DAISY'S DECORATING DILEMMA  by Brandi Dougherty
Released: May 8, 2018

"Flower-calendar quibble aside, an optimistic, upbeat story. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Event coordinator Daisy must find a theme for the Blossom Bash that will please everyone. Read full book review >
LILY'S WATER WOES by Brandi Dougherty
Released: May 8, 2018

"A delightful story about thoughtful, compassionate friendship. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Mermaid fairy Lily copes with the difficulties of being a water-based creature with land-based friends. Read full book review >
THE PICKWICKS' PICNIC by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family of dogs escapes the heat of the city for a picnic by the shore, if they can only get through the traffic. Read full book review >
ADA LACE SEES RED by Emily  Calandrelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Gears, robots, color theory, and color blindness mesh nicely in this school-and-friendship tale. (afterword) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Inventor-in-training Ada Lace discovers that not everyone sees the world as she does. Read full book review >
ADA LACE, ON THE CASE by Emily  Calandrelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The story feels a bit contrived, but Ada will be a welcome addition to the small circle of science-loving girls in the chapter-book world. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Using science and technology, third-grader Ada Lace kicks off her new series by solving a mystery even with her leg in a cast. Read full book review >
ORANGUTANKA by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Listeners aping big sister's dance will hoot for a repeat. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Follow an orangutan family through a day in the wildlife refuge. Read full book review >
ZEBRAFISH by Sharon Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Cardboard. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
Zebrafish, the plucky band of do-gooder musical misfits, returns in a sophomore offering ready for a summer of camp, video games, first jobs and art. Read full book review >
ZEBRAFISH by Sharon Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2010

Created by Peter H. Reynolds's media studio, FableVision, this heavy-handed graphic novel depicts a predictably multicultural bunch that starts a band and works despite their differences. Punky Vita yearns for fame and, with the help of her brother Pablo, who works in a hospital researching drugs, decides to follow her true calling. A well-placed sign leads to the formation of Zebrafish, a band made up of Vita, darker-skinned, overweight Plinko, skinny Jay, aloof, artistically gifted Walt and his sister, Tanya, who is suffering from leukemia. This quintet ultimately wants to use their music and art to make the world a better place. The group—so tritely composed they could have sung backup for a certain large purple dinosaur—displays little genuine personality. On a positive note, those who relate to the do-gooder message will be delighted that a portion of the proceeds benefits the Children's Hospital Boston; otherwise the overall story lacks any real cohesion, tending more toward the didactic than dynamic. An odd and stultifying mixture of bland and saccharine. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >