Search Results: "John Shelley"


BOOK REVIEW

STONE GIANT by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Still, this is a handsome offering that helps youngsters understand both an artist's process and how this stunning statue became the enduring symbol of a city and its people. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Sutcliffe make a big impression with this eye-catching introduction to one of Western civilization's most iconic sculptures. Read full book review >

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THE BOAT IN THE TREE by Tim Wynne-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Sophisticated illustrations and prose are well-matched, and a valuable lesson subtly presented. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A passion for boats and sailing is fueled by sibling dynamics. Read full book review >

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CRINKLE, CRACKLE, CRACK by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"A new perspective on the 'arrival of spring' theme best suited to blond, pink-skinned readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bauer's imaginative first-person romp puts (some) readers right into the story, inviting them to journey with the animals in the moonlight to welcome spring. Read full book review >

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HALLOWEEN FOREST by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Elegantly designed, this collaboration shows a great respect for children's sensibilities regarding the fine lines between fear, fun and bravery. This title should be at the top of the book pile come autumn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Veteran Bauer sends an intrepid trick-or-treater into a deliciously creepy forest full of fantastical frights and rattling menaces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY REMINDERS by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Shelley's black-and-white cartoonish sketches don't add much to the strong text but neither do they diminish this warm family story with characters a reader might like to know. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Mary McHugh's placid life in the hard-rock gold-mining town of Cripple Creek, Colo., in the 1890s changes when her beloved father loses a leg in a mining accident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC FOR SALE by Carrie Clickard
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"One-stop shopping for all your elixir, potion, and spellcasting needs. Jinxes 50 percent off! (Picture book. 6-9)"
What would the stock of a magic shop be like? Young Georgie McQuist gets an eyeful one night when he lingers after closing time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL'S WORDS by Jane Sutcliffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"Still, even if what's done is done, there is absolutely no need to knit a brow or make short shrift of this well-tempered piece of work. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Sutcliffe presents an enjoyable, if slightly rocky, introductory reconnaissance into Shakespeare's wordplay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MVP by Douglas Evans
by Douglas Evans, illustrated by John Shelley
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Fast-paced, but not a real contender. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Twenty-four 12-year-olds take off on a million-dollar race around the world in this unlikely adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY IN THE BOTTLE by Val Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Again, Shelley's imaginative, skillfully drawn illustrations—and especially his witty, detailed borders: comical extensions of the story and of the characters' inner lives—are outstanding. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Bobby Bell, endearing enfant terrible of The Secret in the Matchbox (1988), returns, his inventive curiosity still being mistaken for mischief. Read full book review >

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BELLA BAXTER AND THE ITCHY DISASTER by Jane B. Mason
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Jolly ink illustrations, generous white space and font and humorous, but predictable story line make this a fine choice for new chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Life is busy for Bella Baxter at the Sea Inn, where the guests come first. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SENSES AT THE SEASHORE by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"To every sense, there is a provocation at Rotner's seashore. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Say what you will about the seashore, it is a stimulating place, a sensual extravaganza. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BACHELOR AND THE BEAN by Shelley Fowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2003

"A much-used theme with a clever twist that will bring smiles during each reading. (Picture book/folktale. 4-10)"
Fowles illustrates her first picture book, a magic-pot variant, with luminous watercolors that simply glow on the page like stained glass. Read full book review >