Search Results: "Cressida Cowell"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON by Cressida Cowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Her genuinely fierce, intelligent, and scary dragons nearly steal the show, but Hiccup and his diminutive sidekick ultimately come out on top, both displaying a proper hero's mix of quick wit, courage, and loyalty. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Facing sneering peers, plus a cave full of vicious young dragons and two mountainous, malign adult ones, brings an ordinary Viking lad around to becoming a "Hero the Hard Way" in this farcical import. Read full book review >

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CLAYDON WAS A CLINGY CHILD by Cressida Cowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2003

"A fear of copycat toddler Knievels shouldn't keep anyone from purchasing this sturdy paperback original. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Toddler Claydon feels safer clinging to his mother's leg even when she's skateboarding or playing rugby. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A PIRATE by Cressida Cowell
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Rank it with Debi Gliori's Pure Dead series, a cut above Philip Ardagh's out and out slapstick. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Quick wit and a heroic heart win out over brawn and bravado in this follow-up to How to Train Your Dragon (2004). Read full book review >

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THE WIZARDS OF ONCE by Cressida Cowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A delightful magical romp. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A King Enchanter's 13-year-old son and a Warrior Princess wind up together on a humorous journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Illustrated, like its three series predecessors, with both scribbly sketches and random blots of ink, this seemingly farcical outing delivers more than it promises, continuing to develop the theme that a true leader is better served by brains and a conscience than by brawn alone. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Once again, the small and seemingly powerless triumph over the huge and hulking, when, as to prevent a horrible death, young Chieftain's son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III sets out in search of . . . Read full book review >

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THAT RABBIT BELONGS TO EMILY BROWN by Cressida Cowell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"This empathetic yet rollicking treatment will ring true with kids, making this a great candidate for family read-alouds. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Emily Brown and her rabbit, Stanley, suffer multiple intrusions into their fantastical adventures. Read full book review >

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WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE BOO-HOO BABY? by Cressida Cowell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Little ones will enjoy the notion of a bevy of barnyard animals as caretakers and the repetition of the tale easily lends itself to reader participation—a perk for preschool-age audiences. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A quartet of well-meaning animals attempts to soothe a fractious infant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 17, 2004

"A generous but ultimately critical assessment of lives conducted with style, if little substance."
English journalist and short-story writer Connolly (The Happiest Days, 2000) relates the bohemian adventures of the fabulously unconventional, beautiful, Garman siblings. Read full book review >

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MARRYING MOZART by Stephanie Cowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A delight, at once fanciful and erudite: should be richly satisfying to Mozart buffs and fascinating to those in the outer circle as well."
A fourth outing by New York soprano and novelist Cowell (The Players, 1997, etc.) re-creates the situation that led up to Mozart's marriage. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPIEST DAYS by Cressida Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Composed, pleasant, stately, always interesting minor neo-classics of the genre."
Connolly debuts with a collection of smooth, alluring, and satisfying stories that are very much at home in the traditional mode, perhaps appropriately for a daughter of a great English journalist, critic, and author, the late Cyril Connolly. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYERS by Stephanie Cowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Burgess did it better."
The most ambitious and least successful of Cowell's fictional re-creations of Elizabethan England (after Nicholas Cooke, 1993, and The Physician of London, 1995). Read full book review >