Search Results: "Doug Chayka"


BOOK REVIEW

FOUR FEET, TWO SANDALS by Karen Lynn Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touching and true to life. (Picture book. 7-10)"
By keeping the focus squarely on their child characters, Williams and Mohammed illuminate the plight of refugee children without preaching or pontificating. Read full book review >

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THE PINK HOUSE AT THE SEASHORE by Deborah Blumenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2005

"Chayka's broadly executed, colorful gouache illustrations effectively express the poignant mood of this lovingly told story that will resonate for anyone who has suffered a life-transforming loss. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In the aftermath of a hurricane, a family returns to the site of its seashore vacation cottage to find "a world shaken, / turned upside down, / inside out." Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SHOFAR OF BARCELONA by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Chayka's deep, opaque paintings reflect an upper-class, dark-haired Iberian society juxtaposed with the Judaic rituals of the Rosh Hashanah meal. (introductory, author's notes) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Among Spain's secret Jews—conversos—were well-educated merchants and professionals who worked and lived within the medieval Catholic society yet found ways to clandestinely practice their forbidden, ancient faith. Read full book review >

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THE BEEKEEPERS by Linda Oatman High
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"An idyllic episode, as comforting as the bees' sweet product. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Honey-colored light pours down upon a young narrator and her grandfather as they climb into their heavy coveralls and walk during a spring morning to the bee yard. Read full book review >

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PIGMARES by Cushman Doug
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARDBOARD by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Utterly brilliant.(Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)"
An out-of-the-box story of golems, guys and guts. Read full book review >

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CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

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TOMMYSAURUS REX by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"An enjoyable mixed bag of potty humor, insightfulness and the powerful bonds between a pet and its owner. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
A young boy loses his beloved dog, only to have him return as a feisty and lovable T-Rex. Read full book review >

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MARVELS IN THE MUCK by Doug Wechsler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A solid introduction to the complexity and interconnectedness of life in a single habitat. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Naturalist Wechsler's latest takes readers on a season-by-season look at a New Jersey salt marsh. Read full book review >

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GHOSTOPOLIS by Doug TenNapel
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Creepy details, quick quips and a wry, deadpan (pun absolutely intended) humor are sure to delight. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
As an agent for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, it is Frank Gallows's job to catch ghosts on Earth and send them back to the afterlife. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

With illustrations in a noir-ish gray and a merciless hand with the double entendres, Cushman sets elephant-in-a-trench-coat Nick Trunk, Private Eye ("I work for peanuts") on the track of diva Lola Gale's missing marbles—her lucky marbles, that is. Read full book review >