Search Results: "Janell Cannon"


BOOK REVIEW

PINDULI by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Preachy, but Cannon fans will lap it up. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After being ridiculed for her big ears, her fuzzy fur, and her uneven stripes, a little hyena tries to change herself into something else, but learns an amazing secret about the power of words to hurt and to heal. Read full book review >

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CRICKWING by Janell Cannon
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Readers may not lose their aversion to cockroaches, even with the author's informative, appreciative closing notes, but they'll enjoy the adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Continuing in the lapidary visual style that made hits of Stellaluna (1993) and Verdi (1997), Cannon illustrates this tale of a hard-luck jungle cockroach with exquisitely detailed and realistic ground-level views that seem to glow from within. Read full book review >

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LITTLE YAU by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As is her wont, Cannon pairs a wordy but uncomplicated adventure to whimsical, technically accomplished art—giving readers of both simple and sophisticated taste something to appreciate. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Cannon revisits the reclusive, catlike Fuzzheads introduced in Trupp (1999), for an offbeat rite-of-passage tale. Read full book review >

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TRUPP by Janell Cannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"By reproducing this effect so powerfully, Cannon creates a unique reading experience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Trupp, a white, furry, catlike animal from a mythical, mountainous region, decides to see the world. Read full book review >

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VERDI by Janell Cannon
by Janell Cannon, illustrated by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"An afterword provides sufficient information on snakes to appease those in search of deeper knowledge. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Cannon (Trupp, 1995, etc.) strikes a fragile balance between fact and fiction in her presentation of Verdi, a very small, bright yellow python who does not want to grow up into the adult snakes he knows: green, boring, and rude. Read full book review >

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STELLALUNA by Janell Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Delightful and informative but never didactic: a splendid debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Attacked by an owl, Stellaluna (a fruit bat) is separated from her mother and taken in by a bird and her nestlings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEWTON'S CANNON by J. Gregory Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Keyes's yarn (The Blackgod, 1997, etc.) is colorful, intriguing, and well handled, if somewhat difficult to swallow: It's hard to see how alchemy and science could both work."
First of a new fantasy series: In this alternate 1715, both science and alchemy work; young Ben Franklin, apprenticed to his printer brother James in Boston, begins to study the various alchemical devices—lights, weapons, faxes, and so on—that Isaac Newton has invented. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOSE CANNON by Dean Ing
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ing's light touch (The Skins of Dead Men, 1998, etc.) fails him here: the story's far-fetched, the characters slight, the comedy forced."
A Grade-B thriller in which Everyman is a wanted man—and in several countries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOSE CANNON by Donald MacKenzie
Released: Dec. 10, 1993

"A tricky assignment for Raven—at loose ends on his Thames houseboat (Raven's Shadow, etc.) since wife Kirstie is away—and a mildly intriguing puzzle for the reader."
Philip Page, a product of the flaming 80's, made millions in a scheme (with a now-dead Pakistani) buying and selling factories to Consol Electric with a promise of lucrative contracts for the product involved. Read full book review >

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THE STRUGGLES OF JOHNNY CANNON by Isaiah Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A sprawling, good-hearted adventure—pure fun. (Historical fiction. 8-12) "
In the sequel to The Troubles of Johnny Cannon (2014), Johnny Cannon's life in little Cullman, Alabama, is anything but peaceful. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLES OF JOHNNY CANNON by Isaiah Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Over-the-top fun for readers who can overlook the implausibilities. (Historical action. 9-14)"
It's 1961 in Cullman, Alabama, and Johnny Cannon has more troubles than any "almost-thirteen-year-old" ought to have. Read full book review >

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THE BAT IN THE BOOT by Annie Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Warmly recommended. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Cannon's first solo outing (she illustrated Jo Carson's You Hold Me and I'll Hold You, 1992) demonstrates she is as at home with text as she is with pictures. Read full book review >