Search Results: "Clay Carmichael"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD THINGS by Clay Carmichael
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Zoë Royster, peer to the literary heroines she so loves, is as memorable in her own way as the Great Gilly Hopkins, Opal Buloni and Anne Shirley. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After the death of her mentally ill mother, Zoë—tart-tongued and valiant—is adopted by her paternal uncle, artist Henry Royster, and with his help moves toward a more conventional life. Read full book review >

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BEAR AT THE BEACH by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Clara's presence at the end musters only cold comfort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A depressing fable about Clara's toy bear who longs in vain for a father and makes futile gestures to reach him: ``message after message in paper ships'' and a sand sculpture (``It is a hard thing to watch your father wash away''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR AT THE BEACH AND OTHER ADVENTURES by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2017

"While young ones will recognize Bear's fears and appreciate the reassuring endings, this Bear doesn't measure up to the most famous of anxiety-ridden bears. Winnie the Pooh is still a better choice for independent readers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Three stories originally published as separate 40-page readers are repackaged as one longer chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

USED-UP BEAR by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A joyous ending, in which Bear admires himself 'all morning in the mirror,' brings great relief, as well as a message of love and loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This story of a well-loved, fraying stuffed toy features a protagonist suffering heartbreaking sadness and misery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 30, 2013

"A soppy, at times sanctimonious melodrama that still entertains. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
With his grandmother dead, 17-year-old Billy "Brother" Grace has nothing...except a family mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN by Taylor Carmichael
Released: Aug. 29, 2014

"A thoroughly researched but uneven critique of abortion policy."
A detailed analysis of U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding abortion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONELY SHADOW by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"This friendship tale may inspire some craft projects as well as appreciation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A songwriter/silhouette artist combines his skills to tell a sweet story of companionship. Read full book review >

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MAMA, LET'S MAKE A MOON by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"For those who appreciate a touch of nostalgia and old-fashioned family values. (Picture book. 4­-7)"
A mountain family spends a day together in imaginative play. Read full book review >

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ANTS 'N' UNCLES by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A lively introduction to distant places with some deeply unfortunate visuals. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Silhouette artist Rice offers another imaginative tale using his intricate cut-paper designs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STICK by Clay Rice
by Clay Rice, illustrated by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"What could come across as saccharine is given weight and beauty by both art and heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A parable on the importance of imagination, told in stunning silhouettes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO SPOKE DOG by Clay Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Middle-grade boys and girls will find much to appreciate here, right up to the poignant ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Set early in the last century, this echoes Robinson Crusoe and recounts the adventures of Jack, an orphan of indeterminate young age, who washes ashore on an uninhabited island off New Zealand. Read full book review >