Search Results: "Cynthia Willenbrock"


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MARSHALL THE MIRACLE DOG by Cynthia Willenbrock
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An enjoyable picture book that addresses important issues in a kid-friendly way without being preachy."
Willenbrock's heartwarming debut picture book is the autobiographical story of how she came to share her home with a special shelter dog. 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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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WILD LIFE by Cynthia DeFelice
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"The boy-and-dog partnership here is mildly appealing, but what really makes it stand out are the deftly folded-in gun lessons and easy acceptance of the way of life they accompany. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A rare boy-and-his-gun story that accepts a hunting culture instead of demonizing the tool. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Subplots pad the whole, but do not advance plot or character development—a shame in an otherwise wickedly delicious offering. (Fiction. 12+)"
Mikey and Margalo, the redoubtable Bad Girls, are back for ninth grade and a new set of conflicts with both peers and authority figures. Read full book review >