Search Results: "Christina Ellis"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NUMBERLYS by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Neither the picture-book medium nor the Numberlys app is as well-served as each deserves. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A successful app makes a transition to print. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK THE BEAR by Christina Leist
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the clever choices of creatures to represent their important human counterparts may elicit chuckles from adults, this well-meaning tale ultimately fails to be greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
On the cover a kindly bear looks up with open arms to welcome readers into an exploration of what could make "the world a better place." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM POMPEII by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A few morsels of fact, a few of story: likely only to whet readers' appetites for fuller accounts, such as Shelley Tanaka's Buried City of Pompeii (1997). (Historical fiction/picture book. 8-10)"
A sketchily told, if more elaborately illustrated, tale of Pompeii's destruction as witnessed by two young natives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWEETEST THING by Christina Mandelski
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2011

"Aimed squarely at teenage girls, this sensitive story explores the need to embrace the reality rather than the fantasy of love, both familial and romantic. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen with a talent for cake decorating wrestles with love and loss in this coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DETACHED by Christina Kilbourne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Absorbing. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A depressed girl contemplates suicide. Read full book review >

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ULTIMATE OCEANPEDIA by Christina Wilsdon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A stimulating plunge for casual browsers and serious students alike. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A compendium of all things oceanic, from surface to depths, covering biology, geology, coasts, climatic phenomena, and human use and abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOIRA'S CROSSING by Christina Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Too much made of too little."
A debut of some promise explores the relationship between two Irish sisters who immigrate to America in the late 1920s and never completely loosen their ties to each other, their past, and a long-ago death that haunts them still. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMUGGLED by Christina Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"A satisfying read."
A novel about identity set over the course of four decades, from the author of Moira's Crossing (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"An imaginative but not yet compelling drawing-board sketch of a universe pulsing with vital rhythms."
Avant garde physics collides with evolutionary biology in this ambitious cosmological treatise. Read full book review >