Search Results: "Janet Ruth Young"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BABYSITTER MURDERS by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 26, 2011

"Teens who feel misunderstood will relate to Dani's struggles to maintain her reputation in a society that tends to view them with suspicion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Dani adores Alex, so why is she thinking about killing him? Read full book review >

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MY BEAUTIFUL FAILURE by Janet Ruth Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Despite the clever characterizations, the title says it all. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This account of a teen suicide-hotline volunteer is brimming with wry humor and whimsical charm, but as somber events unfold, that light tone feels uncomfortably inappropriate, as if it belongs to some other novel. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"What rings true is a lewdly funny scene in the school cafeteria ensues, and when the guilt-ridden son ditches his father to attend a concert with a friend. (Fiction. YA)"
In some ways, Young's creatively constructed debut harks back to an earlier era, when problems often took precedence over people in YA novels. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN BEAR by Ruth Young
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A tune to which the text may be sung is included on the endpapers. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A simple rhymed text describes a preschooler's activities with a constant companion, a favorite toy. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S TAXI by Ruth Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Cavil: Pictorial details set the time now (and make the distance variable); the boat's lack of a motor is poetic, but unlikely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slight story about a sturdy woman who rows passengers and whatever else is needed to an island apparently off the coast of New England, with outstanding impressionistic doublespread illustrations that recall the evocative power of McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957, Caldecott Medal), though not its range. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TEN BIRDS MEET A MONSTER by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Young's skill and control in her use of black-and-white line and her humorous inventiveness will appeal to young and old alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The 10 birds of the original counting book (Ten Birds, 2011) reappear, this time trying to scare a monster. Read full book review >

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TEN BIRDS by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Appealing, unique and not to be missed. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ten small birds have a serious problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZOOMER'S SUMMER SNOWSTORM by Ned Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Summer (and maybe winter, too) will never again be the same with Zoomer around. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A cold snack on a hot day turns into a gleefully over-the-top winter fantasia. Read full book review >

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ZOOMER by Ned Young
by Ned Young, illustrated by Ned Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Young's busy, bright paintings in his first picture book show that he can illustrate wildly improbable animal antics in a humorous and more-or-less believable way. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mom's away, but twins Hooper and Cooper diligently get ready for school anyway; Zoomer, however, energetically avoids the task despite his ineffectual dad's best efforts. Read full book review >

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BELINDA IN PARIS by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Belinda is an amusing and appealing character who surely will find other performance venues as her character continues to develop. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Belinda the big-footed ballerina returns for another performance in this Paris-set sequel. Read full book review >

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A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE by Amy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A tale about coming to love someone—or something—for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Lucy dreams of owning a unicorn, but a mail-order scam brings a one-horned, smelly goat instead—who just might be her perfect match. Read full book review >