Search Results: "Cynthia Stalter Sassé"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Choppily told, but well-researched and sufficiently bolstered by SassÇ's insider's view of the case to appeal to anyone interested in keeping up with America's continuing cult-murder saga. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Murder by scripture dominates this compelling if unevenly told story about kidnapping and mass murder performed by an extremist faction of Latter-day Saints. Read full book review >

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THE BOOKSHOP DOG by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rylant's visual depiction of Martha Jane is ever so appealing, and if the primitive illustrations don't please everyone, the story and its sentiments certainly will. (Picture book. 3+)"
A sweet tale of canine love. 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 >

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 >

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CAT HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Comforting and amiable, this is tinged with gentle humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every bit as rich in eye-dimming sentiment as Dog Heaven (1995), this will kindle sighs even from the feline-indifferent. Read full book review >

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SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE by Cynthia  Jabar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"An attractive collection, then, joyfully celebrating children's natural kinesthetic response to poetry. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
Eighteen poems summon readers or listeners to join wholeheartedly in poetry's dancing rhythms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHALES by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Rylant (Dog Heaven, 1995, etc.) can be counted upon for lyrical phrasing and keen observation, but these philosophical thoughts seem far too subjective to have meaning for young readers. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Romantic, often odd, musings on the lives of whales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BORED BLUE? THINK WHAT YOU CAN DO! by Cynthia  Jabar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Inspirational, but slight; the lively art is the best feature here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``I love cowboy hats, and books galore, go-go dancin' on the floor, eating jam and buttered toast, or scuba diving off the coast....'' Deftly suggested by free, discontinuous lines that convey the high level of activity here just as well as the vibrant fluorescent colors do, a pig-tailed moppet lists—in order dictated more by rhyme than by reason, but getting progressively more fantastical—the many ways she knows to alleviate boredom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF KINGS by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not a stand-alone book, this conclusion will appeal to those who enjoy a challenging read and who have followed Max's previous adventures. (Adventure. 10-14)"
In the final act of the Mister Max trilogy, the 12-year-old solutioneer is confronted with his biggest problem yet: masterminding the rescue of his parents, held captives as king and queen of a small South American country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THING ABOUT LUCK by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Readers who peel back the layers of obsessions and fears will find a character who is determined, compassionate and altogether delightful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this year, they face unprecedented physical and emotional challenges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A divine supernatural romance. (Paranormal romance. YA)"
After receiving visions of saving a teenage boy from a forest fire, 16-year-old Clara Gardner (one-quarter angel-blood), her half-angel mother and her younger brother relocate from their suburban California home to Teton County, Wyo., so Clara can find this mysterious boy and realize her angel purpose. Read full book review >