Search Results: "Alexis Rankin Popik"


BOOK REVIEW

KISS ME OVER THE GARDEN GATE by Alexis Rankin Popik
Released: May 15, 2013

"A short, turbulent work that poses hard questions about living with mental illness, while also telling a consistently engaging story."
In this debut novel, Popik explores the challenges that bipolar disorder can pose to a marriage. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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THE HANDMADE ALPHABET by Laura Rankin
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+)"
Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each—the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. Read full book review >

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SLOW LORIS by Alexis Deacon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"Pair this with Lynn Munsinger's Score One for the Sloths (2001) and learn to take it easy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Slow Loris wasn't his real name but that was what everyone called him. A slow loris is just a type of animal. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Alexis Deacon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 8, 2006

"No child will miss the answer as the girl cuddles her toys in the morning light. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deacon's illustrations for this variation on the theme of toys that wake while a child sleeps are heartwarming and very nearly profound. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Readers of all ages will easily identify with Ruthie's trying day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's big plans for a perfect Saturday are altered by a combination of unforeseeable occurrences. Read full book review >

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FLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"An author's note on the final page offers useful information on both domestic and wild ducks, including migration and the life cycle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rankin draws on her own childhood memories in this satisfying story of an unusual friendship between a German shepherd and a domestic duck. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) TEENY TINY LIE by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Direct poignancy will spark musing and discussion in every early childhood classroom. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ruthie loves her miniature assortment of dinosaurs, trains, ponies, teddy bears, seashells and a dollhouse-size tea set. Read full book review >

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WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >