Search Results: "Elly MacKay"


BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU HOLD A SEED by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Nevertheless, next to such artful treatments as The Carrot Seed and And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2012), it pretty much defines 'additional purchase.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A verbal and visual tone poem involving a seed, a wish and time. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY PARK by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child newly arrived from the country is dismayed to discover that the pocket park next to her urban building is, despite its name, lacking butterflies. Read full book review >

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SHADOW CHASERS by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Playful and more than just a little mysterious—like a shadow-puppet play in full color. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Intriguing illustrations draw readers into a meditation on shadows. Read full book review >

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FALL LEAVES by Loretta Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Skip the small print and linger instead on the seasonal glory unfolding as the pages turn. (activity) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumn arrives in a series of three-dimensional tableaux created from cut yupo (plastic) paper and ink; illuminated from varying angles, the vignettes are cleverly photographed and cropped for dramatic effect. Read full book review >

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BEACH BABY by Laurie Elmquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A seaside bedtime idyll. (Board book. 1-3)"
A light-skinned mother and drowsy child prepare to leave the beach at the end of the day. Read full book review >

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MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >

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A MOST MAGICAL GIRL by Karen Foxlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Deliciously complex and convincingly detailed. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A young Victorian girl is called to duty in a battle between witchy good and evil. Read full book review >

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FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A slow-burning, classic tale with too few fireworks at the end. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A young girl with the power of fire running through her veins must save a kingdom ruled by the evil Frost King. Read full book review >

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FINDING PERFECT by Elly Swartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"While there are several good books about OCD for teen readers, few are available for middle graders, and this is a welcome addition to the fold. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If your parents are separating, your mother leaves home for a job elsewhere, and your best friend is about to move away, how can you gain control of your life? Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD CARD  by Elly Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"In the third case for the Magic Men (Smoke and Mirrors, 2016, etc.), half the fun is the journey through postwar England to the surprising denouement."
A policeman, a magician, and a fortuneteller all take a hand in solving several murders in 1953 London. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE AT SEA'S END by Elly Griffiths
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Griffiths's third (The Janus Stone, 2010, etc.) offers not only an excellent mystery but a continuing exploration of the lives of complex, sometimes unlovable characters."
The old bones discovered on a bleak and crumbling Norfolk beach lead to a number of present-day deaths. Read full book review >