Search Results: "Jean Gralley"


BOOK REVIEW

VERY BORING ALLIGATOR by Jean Gralley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"And the artwork crackles, too, wild gestures and electric colors streaming from margin to margin. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Gralley (Hogula: Dread Pig of Night, 1999, etc.) sends up the flag in salute of that time-honored system for sending unwanted guests on their way: screaming at them to go. Read full book review >

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YONDERFEL’S CASTLE by Jean Gralley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The result is a dry twist on a universal truth: Truly, no good deed goes unpunished. (Picture book. 5-9)"
King Yonderfel was once revered for his generous spirit; he beckoned all travelers to visit until his castle overflowed with guests. Read full book review >

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THE MOON CAME DOWN ON MILK STREET by Jean Gralley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A gentle, heartfelt tribute to those who work together in emergencies. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There's a touch of In the Night Kitchen to this dreamlike, comforting episode. Read full book review >

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AND TWELVE CHINESE ACROBATS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 1995

"A book radiating family warmth, in words, art, and remembrance. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A colorful episode from the history of Yolen's family—her grandparents and their eight children—marinaded in Old World nostalgia. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID HARLEYSON by Jean Cassels
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"However, the implication that readers can themselves solve the bulk of the mystery is misleading and may cause some disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clever gouache paintings and lovely, attractive design can't save this beckoning "mystery" from a fundamental problem: despite an invitation to help solve it, readers don't have much left to do after the characters do their work. Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Jean Marzollo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers and librarians will find this a good fit for story hours about counting or Christmas presents, although its trim size limits its use to smaller audiences. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Marzollo, the author of the clever rhymes in the I Spy series, offers a reverse counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

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DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN by Jean Marzollo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"2004). (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Marzollo, author of the I Spy series, here turns her hand to illustration as well in the first of a new series of Bible story retellings for young children. Read full book review >

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THE CHUPACABRA by Jean Flitcroft
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Scary and informative. (Horror. 10-12)"
An Irish teenager's Mexican vacation takes a turn for the terrifying. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2002

"Ably done, but without the spark of The Other Ones (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thesman (Sea So Far, 2001, etc.) proposes an inglorious take on human origins in this tale of a teenager caught between an array of magical creatures protecting one of the last "Darkwoods" on earth, and Hunters bent on destroying it. Read full book review >

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WILLOW AND TWIG by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Emotionally absorbing, with a somewhat convenient ending, but satisfying all the same. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A sad and unfortunate situation of child abandonment and abuse is turned around in a consuming story that offers realism, hope, and psychological fortitude. Read full book review >

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IN THE HOUSE OF THE QUEEN’S BEASTS by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A great read, sure to appeal to middle-school readers. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Emily Shepherd's life has just gotten better: she and her family have moved away from the school where Emily was ostracized for a facial scar sustained many years ago. Read full book review >