Search Results: "Billy Ray Cyrus"


BOOK REVIEW

HILLBILLY HEART by Billy Ray Cyrus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2013

"Although the narrative occasionally veers into aw-shucks-I'm-just-a-country-boy territory, this is a warm account of a star who has managed to remain humble."
A controversial country-music sensation imparts tales of struggle and success. Read full book review >

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ODDHOPPER OPERA by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Two-legged fans of Douglas Florian's Insectlopedia (1998) and J. Patrick Lewis's The Little Buggers (1998) will scurry after this verbal and visual tour-de-force. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Cyrus (The Mousery, 2000, etc.) promises bugs and verses, and delivers plenty of both in this ground-level view of a vegetable garden's teeming residents. Read full book review >

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HOTEL DEEP by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"A fine, finny outing, equally suitable for a quick dip or full immersion. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
The author/illustrator of Oddhopper Opera (2001) dives to a marine setting for 21 equally witty encounters between various undersea denizens and a small, strayed, rightly anxious sardine. Read full book review >

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BIG RIG BUGS by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The bare-bones, rhyming text makes this accessible to even very young children, while the combination of construction trucks and bugs is sure to guarantee its popularity. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cyrus offers a creative, appealing comparison between bugs and construction trucks. Read full book review >

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TANGLE TOWN by Kurt Cyrus
by Kurt Cyrus, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1997

The glass door says ``pull,'' but the mayor is pushing, and he's getting blisters. Read full book review >

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BILLIONS OF BRICKS by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"After sharing this, readers will have a new appreciation for bricks and will want to count all the ways they're used in their own communities. (Counting/picture book. 4-7)"
This describes itself as "a counting book about building," but it is so much more. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE OF TURTLE REX by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2011

"Never has time travel been so easy or so immersive. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
In a life-cycle arc paralleling the one in Cyrus' Tadpole Rex (2008), a tiny prehistoric ancestor to modern sea turtles hatches from a buried egg, scuttles across a beach into the sea, survives multiple hazards to grow into a mighty two-ton Archelon and then in season returns to shore to lay a clutch of her own. Read full book review >

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TADPOLE REX by Kurt Cyrus
Kirkus Star
by Kurt Cyrus, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Readers will thrill to the action and suspense while teachers will appreciate the subtle lesson on the life cycle of frogs. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tiny frog unleashes his inner tyrannosaur when his diet changes from plants to prey. Read full book review >

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SHAKE A LEG, EGG! by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"For dawdlers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A laggard gosling is encouraged to leave its shell and join its family. Read full book review >

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TRACTOR MAC SAVES CHRISTMAS by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Children who already love the Little Blue Truck series will be ready to move on to a holiday celebration with Tractor Mac. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this entry in the Tractor Mac series, the anthropomorphic red tractor assists with transporting a gigantic evergreen tree into town for the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Bollywood, Beds and Beyond by Cyrus Bharucha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"A highly enjoyable, fast-paced tale of Bollywood corruption."
Bharucha, in this debut novel subtitled "A Saga of Sex, Greed and Betrayal," delivers on all three counts with an ambitious tale centered on an Indian celebrity. Read full book review >