Search Results: "Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SUN AND THE MOON by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A glowing liftoff for any child's interest in matters astronomical. (further reading, website) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Fledgling readers curious about the lights in the sky will get an eyeful of the two brightest ones from this new entry in the venerable nonfiction series. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Hole-y astronomy! (timeline, glossary, author's note, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Oh, my stars! As the cover proclaims, a black hole may not be an actual hole, but readers will be glad they fell into this book. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"An energetic, animated alternative to Seymour Simon's more matter-of-fact Universe (2000). (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
A mix of astronomical photos and splashy, spread-filling painted star fields illustrate this double-stranded account of the universe's likely origin. Read full book review >

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THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DOGS by Carolyn Conahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd, beginning with "a pug puppy under the tree." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 19, 1996

"Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+)"
RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. Read full book review >

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A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >

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STARFIELDS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While the concluding author's note provides explication of some of these elements, some readers may not stick it out. (Spanish/Mayan glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In Marsden's latest tale of cross-cultural friendship, a modern Mayan girl fights to protect her rural Mexican village from encroaching development. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST CHILDREN by Carolyn Cohagan
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Readers who get to the resolution will find it as contrived and illogical as the rest of the book. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Twelve-year-old Josephine falls through a wormhole into a land whose cruel ruler bears her distant father's name in this confused and confusing debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVING WILL SHAKESPEARE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The tale closes with a brief account of Will's many years in London, and his return home to Stratford for five good years before his death. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Meyer has done her research and very neatly tied this first-person narrative to the slim sheaf of facts known about William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway. Read full book review >

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FOSTER'S WAR by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"By story's end, all of them have taken the first tentative steps toward reconciliation, a moving and believable conclusion to a story of a family in conflict. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A vivid and compelling piece of historical fiction that also serves as a telling commentary on the effects an abusive parent has on his family. Read full book review >

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FALLING THROUGH DARKNESS by Carolyn MacCullough
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"No false cheer at the end, but a sliver of hopefulness as Ginny begins to gain clarity and decides to tell her father the complicated truth. (Fiction. YA)"
This emotional page-turner uses present tense to create a sense of immediacy—and to mirror 17-year-old Ginny's frame of mind as she refuses to think about the past. Read full book review >