Search Results: "Holly Cupala"


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DON'T BREATHE A WORD by Holly Cupala
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Cupala knows her venue inside out and renders this harsh but lively world of hygienically challenged Dumpster divers with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two separate threads come together in this offering from the author of Tell Me a Secret (2010): a grim but compelling take on an abusive relationship and a coming-of-age love story. While they don't entirely mesh, the author's considerable narrative gifts keep readers engaged throughout. Read full book review >

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TELL ME A SECRET by Holly Cupala
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2010

"An overfamiliar premise and stale particulars combine to create a flat story that never hits its stride. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
For five years, Rand has been trying to separate herself from her sister's death and to make sense of it. Read full book review >

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GEM by Holly Hobbie
Kirkus Star
by Holly Hobbie, illustrated by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"A stunning gem indeed. (notes about toads) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Hobbie explores the wonders of spring through the eyes of a toad that survives the perils and pleasures of its trek to a country garden, where he encounters the author's granddaughter, Hope. Read full book review >

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TOP OF THE WORLD by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"In Holly Hobbie's world, 'whim' rhymes with 'friend' and readers will forgive her this whim and remain her friend, still eagerly awaiting the next Toot & Puddle adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Every new Toot & Puddle adventure is an eagerly awaited event, and while this one arrives on many levels, it takes a wrong turn somewhere and leaves someone at the station. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE’S WINDOW by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Read full book review >

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ROSATA by Holly Keller
by Holly Keller, illustrated by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wistful, evocativeand perhaps best for sharing. (Picture book. 4+)"
Camilla comes into the possession of an old hat bedecked with a small bird made of real feathers. Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, GERALDINE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Read full book review >

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HANSEL & GRETEL by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A fine addition to the fairy-tale shelves. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Hobbie's stripped-down retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" maintains a high degree of fidelity to the classic fairy tale, while her illustrations reveal a rich array of artistic influences on her visual interpretation of the story. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO BUNNY by Holly Surplice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Preschoolers who are just beginning to understand the game of hide-and-seek will find this irresistible. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A gray rabbit plays hide-and-seek with his forest friends in this delightfully illustrated, simple story with a bouncy, rhyming text. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING BUT THE HORSE by Holly Hobbie
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"They cannot compensate for the disappointing story, though. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Toot and Puddle's creator offers a nostalgic sucker-punch. Read full book review >

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PEARL’S NEW SKATES by Holly Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Keller's tale is a wonderful antidote to discouragement and is bound to bolster any new athlete's faltering self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Keller's tale of Pearl's struggles to master the slippery sport of ice skating has at its core a powerful message about perseverance. Read full book review >

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FARFALLINA & MARCEL by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This heartwarming, colorfully illustrated story underscores beautifully the power of true friendship without glossing over the reality that change is inevitable as friends grow and mature. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Farfallina the caterpillar and Marcel the gosling become fast friends when they meet during a rainshower, taking an immediate liking to one another. Read full book review >