Search Results: "Cornelius Van Wright"


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WHEN AN ALIEN MEETS A SWAMP MONSTER by Cornelius Van Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Total laugh-out-loud joy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
First impressions based on wild speculation and leaps of imagination can be misleading, but fun and friendship can result. Read full book review >

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BUCKY AND STU VS. THE MIKANIKAL MAN by Cornelius Van Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Young superhero wannabes will be shouting 'Wonk 'em!' in no time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Saving the planet's easy when your rivals are only powered by imagination. Can these heroes handle a real nemesis? Read full book review >

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NOBODY ASKED THE PEA by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"Not for young children, but good fun for middle-grade fans of fractured fairy tales as well as highly useful in classrooms. (Picture book. 8-12)"
An extraordinarily arch and campy version of "The Princess and the Pea" is told from multiple points of view. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The result is not seamless when read in one sitting, but the author maintains a storyteller's pace and penchant for exaggeration until the tales humorously blur the lines between what is fable and what is true. (b&w illustrations, notes, not seen) (Short stories. 8-12)"
Tate (Front Porch Stories at the One Room School, 1992, etc.) celebrates African-American storytelling and small-town life in a collection of seven funny, folksy tales spun around proverbs, e.g., ``Big Things Come in Small Packages,'' and ``Slow and Steady Wins the Race.'' Exaggerated characters—ranging from a fish-finding basset hound and Bron Kitis, the Hand Fish King of Nutbrush County, Missouri, to Taneshia and Sudsey in their high-flying search for a boyfriend—have a folkloric, larger-than-life appeal. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS GRACE by Mary Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Just right. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Grace longs to be chosen to be a princess in the town parade. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

Sticking closely to historical records and current scholarship, Pringle follows up Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland's Adventures with Lewis and Clark (2002) with this handsome tribute to Clark's near-lifelong companion and slave. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Kudos for the effort, but a more illuminating text and more suitable illustrations would have made this a much better title. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Florence Mills, dancer and singer, was the sweetheart of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCE Y’ALL by Bettye Stroud
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A quiet story useful for children dealing with fear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Jack Henry is excited that his kinfolk are coming to celebrate the harvest, but he's seen a coach-whip snake in the barn, where he and his cousin will be spending the night to make room for the company. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her coverage of each person is so brief that this won't be useful for reports, but it might be used as a browser by students, or for teachers to introduce a unit. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Still, it's a start. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Josh Gibson was sometimes known as the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"While many of these figures deserve a broader approach than these snippets, this collection may at least spark some interest for further reading. (sources, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
These one-page sketches of 13 Jewish-American figures attempt to serve as an introduction to the one "defining moment" that shaped their lives or professions. Read full book review >