Search Results: "Joe Cepeda"


BOOK REVIEW

SWING SISTERS by Karen Deans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"An appealing and informative composition aimed at a younger audience than Marilyn Nelson and Jerry Pinkney's Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009). (author's note, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Women! Jazz! Integration! Read full book review >

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¡VÁMONOS! / LET'S GO! by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Though the book is unquestionably well-meaning, it just doesn't work except as a vocabulary builder. (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
This bilingual spinoff of "The Wheels on the Bus" features many of the vehicles associated with community helpers. Read full book review >

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TWO BUNNY BUDDIES by Kathryn O. Galbraith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Learning how to navigate the path of friendship is an important part of life, and these bunny buddies learn a lesson that is gently, beautifully shown rather than told. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In this simple but insightful story, two rabbits discover that lunch with a pal is more fun than eating alone. Read full book review >

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UP by Joe Cepeda
by Joe Cepeda, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible and imaginative title for emergent readers just learning to decode and understand the written word. (Early reader. 3-7)"
One gusty fall morning, a surprise blows through an open window into the bedroom of two sleeping children, both with dark hair and light-brown skin. It's a pinwheel! Read full book review >

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THE SWING by Joe Cepeda
by Joe Cepeda, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Engaging fantasy with bright watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Josey finds a virtual treasure trove, in a very unusual way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIRL, A BOY, AND A MONSTER CAT by Gail Gauthier
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"This mildly humorous, mid-level chapter book is a quick read, but lacks oomph. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Brandon hates Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons because his mom sends him to Hannah's house after school. Read full book review >

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JUAN BOBO GOES TO WORK by Marisa Montes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"His gift is that he makes us laugh, and that is more than enough. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-9)"
The Puerto Rican folk character Juan Bobo, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARING DOG AND CAPTAIN CAT by Arnold Adoff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Still, this will resonate with thoughtful readers who understand that, when Adoff writes of dreams and secret identities, he's not just referring to pets. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The idea that household pets lead more exciting lives at night than we might imagine, a popular picture book premise, gets a stylish—maybe too stylish—workout here. Read full book review >

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GET READY FOR GABÍ by Marisa Montes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A glossary of Spanish terms is included. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A third-grader of Puerto Rican descent, Gabi (the accent comes later) speaks Spanish at home and English at school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT'S MEOW by Gary Soto
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The Spanish dialogue in the main text appears in translation in footnotes. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Mexican-American third-grader Graciela has more reason than most to complain that her parents don't understand her. Read full book review >

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A GIRL, A BOY, AND THREE ROBBERS by Gail Gauthier
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Cepeda's infrequent angular grey-scale drawings add interest to this text-heavy chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
On the three afternoons a week Brandon spends at Hannah's house, he claims he would rather watch TV than play Hannah's imaginative games, but he can't resist the real adventures when neighbor children decide they want to keep Hannah's horrible cat. Read full book review >