Search Results: "Jim Kay"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT WAR by Jim Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Extraordinary. (Short stories. 8 & up)"
A group of celebrated writers, including Michael Morpurgo, A.L. Kennedy, David Almond and John Boyne, reflects on simple artifacts from World War I to create a collection of short stories. Read full book review >

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A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A poignant tribute to the life and talent of Siobhan Dowd and an astonishing exploration of fear. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From a premise left by author Siobhan Dowd before her untimely death, Ness has crafted a nuanced tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to delve into the terrifying terrain of loss. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BABY’S BOOK OF BABY ANIMALS by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A winsome assortment of cuddlesome creatures adds to the overall appeal. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Chorao provides readers with a compelling mixture of old and new poems, songs, and rhymes in a treasury of verse that can be read for years to come. Read full book review >

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LITTLE FARM BY THE SEA by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"They leave an old metal box with change in their selling room (lined with such items as jam, honey, eggs, a scale, a sleeping cat, a bale of hay in winter, and bursting with flowers come spring), a detail that imparts a lingering note of respect for the entire endeavor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An idyllic accounting of the seasonal activities on a small family-run farm called "Smallholdings." Read full book review >

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BAD BOY, GOOD BOY by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Readers will be left saying, 'Poor Sam,' after this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a young pup whose good deeds only appear naughty falls flat due to the repeated use of judgmental phrases in speech bubbles. Read full book review >

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RHYMES ROUND THE WORLD by Kay Chorao
edited by Kay Chorao, illustrated by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

The poems in this sampling of international verse originate from all over the globe, including countries such as Poland, Iran, France, China and the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER GOOSE MAGIC by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A winsome, airy confection spun from eight nursery rhymes, several of which will be new to many readers. Read full book review >

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THE CATS KIDS by Kay Chorao
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Chorao's hallmark artwork, which hugs the text quite closely, keeps the gratifyingly complicated, emotionally rounded stories rolling along. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This three-chapter picture book from Chorao (Little Farm by the Sea, p. 655, etc.) is a surprisingly raw, very true, depiction of sibling interaction, with its highs and lows, and all the inherent pushing and pulling. Read full book review >

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SHADOW NIGHT by Kay Chorao
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"An afterword encourages children to explore shadow play and create their own stories and creatures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When eerily looming shadows become too much for a small boy, his parents devise an ingenious method to ease his fears. Read full book review >

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JUMPETY-BUMPETY HOP by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"All the poems have been illustrated with Chorao's cuddly art, a style that works well with simpler pieces but is less suitable when paired with more sophisticated works. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
This enjoyably eclectic gathering of poems sports a good range of styles, tempos, and moods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"A deliciously informative, engaging and sweeping chronicle of one of the most popular treats in the world. (timeline, bibliography, websites) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Stories of ancient cultures, religion, conquest, slavery, privilege, invention, medicine, culinary experimentation, science and more are all confected together in this flavorful, richly textured historical chronicle of chocolate. Read full book review >