Search Results: "Carson Ellis"


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HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy's Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of "home." Read full book review >

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UNDER WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Reflecting on her Wildwood experience, Prue 'learned to not consider the minutiae of things, but rather take each episode as it came.' Take Prue's advice and enjoy the ride. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Droll and ornate, elegiac and romantic—the sequel to Wildwood (2011) brings readers deeper into and under the pine-scented, magical world tantalizingly close to Portland, Ore. Read full book review >

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WILDWOOD IMPERIUM by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Like filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Meloy gives his antic imagination full rein to produce work that, if occasionally uneven, is brilliantly sui generis. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Drawing from wildly original tropes and paradigms and populated by a wide cast of characters old and new, this portrait of a magical world just outside mundane reality (here represented by Portland, Ore.) brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >

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WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy
by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"A satisfying blend of fantasy, adventure story, eco-fable and political satire with broad appeal; especially recommended for preteen boys. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Fans of Meloy's indie-rock band, The Decemberists, will recognize themes running through his engaging debut celebrating the struggle of ordinary folk (including plants and animals) to throw off tyranny and shape their destinies. Read full book review >

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DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viewers follow the unfurling of an exotic woodland plant through the actions and invented language of beautifully coiffed and clothed insects. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY by Trenton Lee Stewart
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

Running long but hung about with cantrips to catch clever readers, Stewart's children's debut pits four exceptional youngsters, plus a quartet of adult allies, against a deranged inventor poised to inflict an involuntary "Improvement" on the world. Read full book review >

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THE BEAUTIFUL STORIES OF LIFE by Cynthia Rylant
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The small, square format completes this accessible and classy introduction to Greek mythology. (Mythology. 10 & up)"
With elegant simplicity, Rylant retells the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus and Psyche, six popular Greek myths involving powerful and poignant emotions. Read full book review >

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THE COMPOSER IS DEAD by Lemony Snicket
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Conceived as an alternative to 'Peter and the Wolf' but more a send-up than an informational visit to the pit, the episode isn't likely to make much of a lasting impression on young audiences. (Picture book. 8-10, adult)"
In this characteristically unsettling invitation to Meet the Orchestra, the Composer leads off—dead or, as the author puts it, "decomposing" at his desk. Read full book review >

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STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Based on the real Delia Haskett Rawson, the first and possibly only woman to carry the U.S. mail by stagecoach in California, the story has a wonderful energy and verve. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sally, so small her feet don't reach the floorboards of her Pa's stagecoach, loves to ride and sing (and she can shoot, too). Read full book review >

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THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A gleefully metafictional caper and middle-grade picaresque bound to appeal to discerning young readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Charlie, the shy son of an American diplomat in France, discovers a thrilling, dangerous underworld whose young denizens prey on the unsuspecting elite of 1961 Marseille. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Good, macabre fun. (Picture book. 9 & up)"
Well-deserved woe unto adults who do Dillweed wrong! Read full book review >

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AN ORESTEIA by Anne Carson
adapted by Anne Carson, translated by Anne Carson
Released: March 24, 2009

"It's a great narrative, whose savage grandeur holds an undiminished power to enthrall. But is Carson's unconventional conflation of its components indeed 'an Oresteia' for our time? That's another story."
The versatile poet and scholar breaks new ground by retelling an old story—the classical tragedy of the House of Atreus, as dramatized by the three greatest tragedians of Athens's Golden Age. Read full book review >