Search Results: "Cary Fagan"


BOOK REVIEW

I WISH I COULD DRAW by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"This friendly volume, told in the first person and directly addressing readers, is sure to encourage the perfectionist artist and wannabe cartoonist alike. Draw on! (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
This encouraging and amusing faux notebook will have many nervous artists picking up their own pens and pencils. Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE BOX by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Food for thought here about varieties of motivation, though with too many unanswered questions and a sudden, resolution-free ending that is more annoying than tantalizing. (Adventure. 11-13)"
In this loosely woven series setup, a relentlessly ordinary lad who has taught himself to juggle is kidnapped by the owners of a traveling medicine show. Read full book review >

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THE BIG SWIM by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Set in an indefinite past when life wasn't abuzz with technology, this story is a forest-scented breath of fresh air with crisp storytelling, mild tension and quiet revelations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This is Ethan's first year at summer camp, and he'd rather go unnoticed. Read full book review >

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MORT ZIFF IS NOT DEAD by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A wonderful read told with elegant simplicity. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A nostalgic blend of 1960s culture and enduring family dynamics combine in Fagan's humorous yarn. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS' WALTZ by Cary Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"A debut both heartfelt and funny, especially well-tuned to the description of this quirky Jewish family."
A sincere and pleasing first novel, winner of the 1994 Jewish Book Award for fiction, ventures into the life of a young woman coming to terms with her mother's death. Read full book review >

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DANNY, WHO FELL IN A HOLE by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A quirky existential adventure for thoughtful readers. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Faced with sudden life changes, a boy blindly rushes into a deserted construction site and falls into a hole. Read full book review >

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BANJO OF DESTINY by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Occasional spot-art still-lifes done in pen and ink add formal notes to a low-key charmer. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Battling parental expectations and low self-esteem, a lad finds his bliss in building and learning to play a banjo. Read full book review >

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OY FEH SO? by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"While the amusing scenario may prove to be more a nostalgia trip for adult readers than something today's kids will immediately recognize, they will appreciate the overall sentiment even if they miss the Yiddish essence. Nu? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weekly Sunday visits from their two aunts and one uncle are so disagreeable that three children take steps to alter the atmosphere through some harmlessly exaggerated imitation. Read full book review >

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THING-THING by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

Staying on the sixth floor of the Excelsior Hotel, Archibald Crump is unhappy with all the hundreds of presents he's gotten for his birthday. Read full book review >

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A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An original and thought-provoking exploration of the rhythms of friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is common to associate cages with imprisonment, but what of the cage's point of view? Read full book review >

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ELLA MAY AND THE WISHING STONE by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Thoughtful and touching. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Friendship is hard. Read full book review >

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MY NEW SHIRT by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"This Canadian import with a Yiddish accent might appeal more to the Bubbies than their bubbellah, but it will have appeal especially when shared. (Picture book. 5-8)"
David loves to visit his Bubbie, except on his birthday. Read full book review >