Search Results: "Gary Blythe"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON DRAGONS by Dyan Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"This original fairy tale succeeds as a fable, if not quite so well as a story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a selfish, self-important king hears a story from a traveler about ancient, singing dragons and is told they may not all be gone, the king announces that he must have one. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE MOON by Dyan Sheldon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 1994

"Pretty, but not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team that collaborated on the widely praised The Whales' Song (1991) essays a theme explored most notably in George Ella Lyons's Dreamplace (1993) and Who Came Down That Road (1992). Read full book review >

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I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"And like Jeanette Winter's The Librarian of Basra (2005), the idea that saving literature is as heroic as saving lives comes through loud and clear. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a fictional episode inspired by several true ones, people band together to save their library after a sudden attack leaves their small town in flames. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ICE BEAR by Nicola Davies
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

Impressionistic, dramatically lit Arctic scenes form an apt backdrop for this brief, strongly worded tribute to the world's largest non-marine predator. Read full book review >

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THE WHALES' SONG by Dyan Sheldon
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Outstanding. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lilly's grandmother tells her about whales: ``...big as the hills...peaceful as the moon...wondrous...'' When they were more numerous, she used go to the pier to hear them sing—perhaps in response to her gifts: a perfect shell or stone. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT BEAR by Gillian Shields
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2008

"At the center of this whimsical tale is a gently reassuring message regarding the nature of love and acceptance that young readers will embrace. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shields's affecting tale chronicles an arrogant toy's transition from revered object to beloved companion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE STAR by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"He and Dunbar (Seven Sillies, 1994, etc.) do full justice both to the glory and to the simple humanity of the Christmas story. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This Is The Star ($16.00; Oct. 1996; 36 pp.; 0-15-200851-9): A cumulative rhyme that simply and gracefully tells the Nativity story, with intensely dramatic full-bleed oil paintings to illustrate each element—star, shepherds, angel, stable, Christ child, wise men, and all the rest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOYMAKER by Jeremy de Quidt
FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Seductive nightmare fuel. (Horror. 10 & up)"
A disturbing dark fantasy dredges the uncanny valley to masterful effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW BREAKERS by Daniel Blythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A relatively tame paranormal mystery with interesting and likable, if not memorable, characters, this one is a good choice where demand for the genre is strong—which will be just about everywhere. (Paranormal suspense. 9-12)"
A fresh and often funny paranormal mystery for the middle school set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIANS by Blythe Woolston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A gorgeous and gut-wrenchingly familiar depiction of the entropic fragmentation of society. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
A 15-year-old girl supports herself with a retail job as her close-to-reality dystopia spirals into hilariously surreal (yet tragic) chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Heartbreakingly honest. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Eighteen-year-old Polly recounts her road trip with Odd, a fellow survivor of the disease that killed five others from their small town, in D'Elegance, his Gramma's old baby-blue Cadillac. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY I WRITE by Will Blythe
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"By turns cantankerous and dreamy, and an inspiration to writers and readers alike—a living monument to the vitality and value of the writing life."
Twenty-five fiction writers answer the former Esquire literary editor's question: why do you write? Read full book review >