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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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 >

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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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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 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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CAPTAIN BOB SETS SAIL by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Brace yourselves. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Schotter (Purim Play, 1998) pens a rip-roaring tale of a boy's bath, his hijinks spiritedly displayed in Cepeda's (We Were Tired of Living in a House, 1999) bigger-than-life, full-bleed oil illustrations that make full use of the boy's superb orthodontia while tastefully maintaining his anatomical privacy. Read full book review >