Search Results: "Irene Blasco Grau"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Rita's realization that being a lizard is great is carried effortlessly by all the terrific visual asides along the way. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
Bursting with life in its clever visuals and antic sense of play, an abundance of activity is on offer in this story about a fun-loving red lizard. Read full book review >

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THE HARD BLUE SKY by Shirley Ann Grau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Admiring the 'somnolent fascination' of Grau's island world, Kirkus also marveled at how it shaped 'the vitality and violence' of the lives in the novel, at once 'very realistic,' but with 'an unquestionable lyricism.'"
New Orleans-based Grau, who won a Pulitzer for The Keepers of the House (1965), first published this tale of wild life on the bayou in 1958, and Kirkus found the same "special qualities" it had discerned in her first book, The Black Prince (1955). Read full book review >

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GORILLA TACTICS by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Another smart, funny romp featuring a notably diverse cast headed by a minion who's looking more and more like a hero. (map) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Little does Runt Higgins suspect that keeping his hard-won place in the Junior Henchman Training Program will not only require battling bullies and giant gorillas, but rescuing undercover librarians and putting on a fashion show. Read full book review >

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ROADWALKERS by Shirley Ann Grau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"A distinct and enjoyable voice that sometimes loses its way."
Polished prose almost disguises and makes up for the surprising emotional distance in this novel of two generations. Read full book review >

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DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"A droll addition to the magical school genre, worthy of a seat toward the front of the (Harry) Potter-wagon. (pictorial cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Will assaults from within and without close a renowned school for minions—leaving the Evil Overlords of the world to draw from rival schools? Read full book review >

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MR. FRANK by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"It's a perfect ending to a perfect book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. Read full book review >

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EVEN AN OSTRICH NEEDS A NEST by Irene Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2009

"Though the addition of source notes and an index would aid the budding researcher, this offering will intrigue many young ornithologists. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
From the North American bald eagle to the Australian brush-turkey, the nesting habits of 40 different birds are briefly explored. Read full book review >

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THE JUMBO BOOK OF OUTDOOR ART by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A minor effort. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
On the premise that anything can be art, and art is anything, the author invites young enthusiasts to combine art materials and natural objects in 57 projects for the backyard, beach and park. Read full book review >

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A SUMMERTIME SONG by Irene Haas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Haas touches the story with rhyme here and there, infuses it with hope and old-fashioned enchantment, and loads the artwork with details that continue to reveal themselves upon additional readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An opulent book that sports sumptuous watercolors, a lively tempo, and clever energy. Read full book review >

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ANNIE...ANYA by Irene  Trivas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Trivas's pen-and-watercolor art nicely captures the city's ambiance and the children's lively activity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Annie is five when her doctor parents take her to Moscow, where they are to work for a month. Read full book review >

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BLOCKS by Irene Dickson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"Like Ruby, Benji, and Guy, readers will want to share Blocks! (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cleverly simple book builds skills as well as towers. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WITH 17 SENSES by Sheila Grau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A fractured fairy tale that splinters on impact. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Jaq is willing to do anything to save his family's home; he'll even travel to another world. Read full book review >