Search Results: "Cynthia Overbeck Bix"


BOOK REVIEW

FAD MANIA! by Cynthia Overbeck Bix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Current record for phone-booth stuffing? Twenty-five—until inspired readers find the last remaining one to try for 26. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
A look back at some of the crazes—such an apt word—that swept the United States over the last century. Read full book review >

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE by Mark J. Rauzon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Brief but more comprehensive than the many books focusing on the water cycle; handsome color photos add to the immediacy of this useful summary. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
An attractive overview of the water cycle and the importance of water to life on earth. Read full book review >

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EVERYDAY HOUSE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"A minor effort, but the subjects and attractive graphics are sure to appeal. (Picture book. 0-3)"
One of five board books, the Newbery winner's illustration debut (the others: Everyday Children, Garden, Pets, and Town). Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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HIROHITO AND THE MAKING OF MODERN JAPAN by Herbert P. Bix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A deeply satisfying immersion into modern Japanese history that also serves to warn against facile approaches to the machinery of states."
A lengthy exploration of the role of Emperor Hirohito in 20th-century Japanese politics that draws on an impressive array of fresh sources. Read full book review >

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FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)"
What preteen boy wouldn't love to build a fort in the woods? Read full book review >

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HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"While it's readers' fate to wait for a third book in the series, they'll do so willingly to discover the answers to lingering secrets. (Paranormal romance. 13-17)"
Readers who enjoyed the steadfast characters, plotting and romance of Unearthly (2010) can expect more of the same in this equally satisfying sequel. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Despite thin spots, the story succeeds on the strength of its characters, their struggles and their relationship, reaching a readership that doesn't get enough quality writing in this genre. (Fiction. 9-13)"
"But she and Rick had . . . something bigger. She wasn't sure what it was. Read full book review >