Search Results: "Cynthia Cotten"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK BOAT'S IN by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Jesse's pride of ownership and the closing scene of Jesse writing his name and the year in his very first book will resonate with book lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasing historical tale about a boy willing to work hard for what he desires most—a book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2007

As 12-year-old Michael and his family arrive at Grandma and Grandpa's farm for their annual summer stay, an ambulance pulls away, its siren silent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABBIE IN STITCHES by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"The illustrations have freely drawn impressionistic backgrounds and nicely detailed facial expressions and needlework bits. (sources, afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the early 19th century in upstate New York, young Abbie despairs of ever making stitches as fine and even as her older sister Sarah's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the peaceful forest crew and comforting color palette make this a soothing read, if not a great counting tool. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartwright's (Going Home, not reviewed, etc.) mossy greens, golden yellows, and smoky blues evoke a late summer in the woods as numbered sets of forest animals go about their business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW PONIES by Cynthia Cotten
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Paintings full of quick brushstrokes of color layered on a softly muted landscape make this a beautiful as well as a magical read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a dreary, gray day, Old Man Winter goes out to his barn and releases his snow ponies to gallop across the cold, hard ground, bringing winter to everything they touch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAIN PLAY by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily—but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Read full book review >

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SOME BABIES SLEEP by Cynthia Cotten
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

Cotten's latest is cleverly formatted to suit different audiences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE STABLE by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Against a background of flying birds and feathery wings, the title stands out in huge, shiny red letters, inviting readers inside. (Picture book. 2-8)"
With a gentle, perfectly rhyming text, this cumulative tale presents the Nativity story in a beautifully illustrated version just right for younger children. Read full book review >

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF GHOSTING
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Cover Story: Bah, Humbug
BFF Charm: Eventually Sassy Gay Friend
Swoonworthy Scale:
 4
Talky Talk: Easy Breezy Ebeneze-y 
Bonus Factor:
 A Christmas Carol
Anti-Bonus Factor: Workplace Misconduct
Relationship Status: Holiday Hookup

Cover Story: Bah, Humbug

Sure, I guess? It's fine, but it doesn't bring joy to ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BLESS US ALL by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Very young children will find soothing rhythms in both pictures and text, but this is more of an artistic achievement than a literary one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Rylant pairs a series of indoor and outdoor scenes, each framed in a border of patchwork squares and painted with bright, opaque, broadly brushed colors, with a rhymed month-by-month catalog of blessings that will challenge even the hardiest sweet tooth, e.g., for June: "Bless the flowers,/bless the bees,/bless the birds/above the trees,/Bless the bunnies,/kitties too,/Bless each day,/all warm and blue." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pure, tender, lyrical without being overearnest, and deeply felt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rylant's debut as a picture book illustrator (not to be confused with her board book debut as a collagist in The Everyday Books, 1993) offers sweet comfort to all who have lost loved ones, pets or otherwise. ``When dogs go to Heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that dogs love running best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >