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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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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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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HALF A CHANCE by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"With winning results, Lord brings the same sensitivity to the subject of dementia that she brought to autism in her Newbery Honor book, Rules (2006). (Fiction. 8-12)"
As deceptively quiet in tone as its New Hampshire lakeside setting, this affecting book affirms the power of art as it tackles profound issues of loss, memory, aging, belonging and the inevitability of change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FURY OF THE PHOENIX by Cynthia Pon
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"The intertwining of the two histories is rushed and chaotic, but lush detail will enthrall, from tantalizingly detailed food to gruesome demonic tortures. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Ai Ling's second adventure is every bit as sensuous as Silver Phoenix (2009) in a tale that moves between two times and two cultures. Read full book review >