Search Results: "Charles Blackstone"


BOOK REVIEW

VINTAGE ATTRACTION by Charles Blackstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Blackstone is a witty writer with a great subject, but the plot and tone of his story feels unfinished."
A romance built on fine wine threatens to go sour in this light novel with a lot of snarky undertones. Read full book review >

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SORRY YOU'RE LOST by Matt Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"For middle school readers, a painful, funny and realistic picture of a family coming to terms with loss. (Fiction. 11-15)"
After his mother's death from cancer, New Jersey seventh-grader Denny "Donuts" Murphy's carefully crafted clown persona gets him in trouble at school without easing his grief. Read full book review >

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BABY TALK by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"There is nothing new here, but the photographs are very sweet and engaging. (Board book. 0-18 mos.)"
Tender photographs depict the many ways babies and adults can communicate beyond the use of words. Read full book review >

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A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE by Matt Blackstone
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 5, 2011

"A bizarre first effort that will engage few readers, if any. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
An odd portrayal of a 14-year-old boy coming to terms with obsessive-compulsive disorder and loneliness. Read full book review >

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BEAR'S BUSY FAMILY by Stella Blackstone
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes, and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children, despite a rather innocuous title. Read full book review >

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THIS IS SOCCER by Margaret Blackstone
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's a bonus in an already inviting introduction to the fast-paced and fleet-footed game of soccer. (Picture book. 6-10)"
As two young teams face off, a spare, staccato text relates the ever-changing action on the soccer field. Read full book review >

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BABY TALK / HABLANDO CON BEBE by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Babies love looking at pictures of other babies, so this book should get plenty of use. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)"
Sweet black-and-white photographs show babies and the people who surround them communicating in ways that go beyond words. Read full book review >

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JUMP INTO JANUARY by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, not a bad way to introduce the months or to give younger children some practice in pairing words to objects. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Blackstone dances readers through a calendar year, inviting them to catalogue common items visible in each of a dozen simple, seasonal collage and gouache scenes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR IN A SQUARE by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"A strip on every spread has a pattern of repeated shapes—including 'zigzag' and 'moon' in crescent form, not as elemental as the others—to help the very young in the search. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Blackstone (see review, above) asks readers to "Find the bear in the square" in the first spread, where a bear waves a polka-dot scarf from the window of an apartment building. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR'S SCHOOL DAY by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"There are better offerings on the back-to-school shelf for easing those new to school into the routine; skip this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Blackstone's Bear and pals introduce children to a typical school day. Read full book review >

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SECRET SEAHORSE by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Fabric collages ornamented with buttons, beads, and sequins make visually arresting illustrations for this simple story about an elusive seahorse. Read full book review >

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ALLIGATOR ALPHABET by Stella Blackstone
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Save your alphabet pennies for another day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, and this one might not be worth your dime. Read full book review >