Search Results: "Joy Cowley"


BOOK REVIEW

STARBRIGHT AND THE DREAM EATER by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"Though not up to the standards of such terror classics as Neal Shusterman's Eyes of Kid Midas (1992) or Margaret Mahy's Changeover (1984), this will still provide readers with some unnerving moments and a resourceful, self-confident heroine. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An alien predator that strikes through dreams threatens all humanity in this contrived but suspenseful import from the versatile Cowley (Red-Eyed Tree Frog, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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RED-EYED TREE FROG by Joy Cowley
Released: March 1, 1999

"The combination of such visually sophisticated pages and simplistic captions make this a top-heavy, unsatisfying title. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Bishop's spectacular photographs of the tiny red-eyed tree frog defeat an incidental text from Cowley (Singing Down the Rain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE VIDEO SHOP SPARROW by Joy Cowley
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The illustrations, largely for their glimpse of life in New Zealand, combine with a text for a book that is inoffensive, competent, yet ultimately uninspiring. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Skateboarding on New Year's Day, sunflowers drooping over a fence hung with a holiday wreath, rooftop Santa Claus decorations—these things are not only possible but probable in New Zealand, where this story is set. Read full book review >

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MRS. GOODSTORY by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Cowley's (Agapanthus Hum and Major Bark, 2001, etc.) topic is promising, but the finished result is disappointing—readers may want to 'skip the boring parts.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Mrs. Goodstory and a young friend explore the world of fiction in this adventurous tale that attempts to show readers that stories can take you anywhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A rhetorical and lifeless biography, then, that reduces Cowley to the sum of his literary opinions. (Thirty-two illustrations—not seen.)"
With access to Cowley himself (1898-1989) and to his huge archives, Bak (American Literature/Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands) has produced a detailed yet cluttered history of his subject's literary endeavors from 1915 to 1930—of his ``apprenticeship'' as poet, literary journalist, editor, and critic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEDTIME TRAIN by Joy Cowley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A promising effort that falls short. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tired little boy has trouble falling asleep so he calls the bedtime train—whose engineer looks remarkably like his father. Read full book review >

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AGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This story is just like Agapanthus, full of beans, song, and heart; she's so disarming in both text and Plecas's comic illustrations that readers will hope for an encore. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Agapanthus Hum is always in motion, a packet of energy who also happens to wear glasses, which cause her no end of trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOY by Abigail Santamaria
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With access to unpublished documents and family papers, Santamaria has fashioned a compelling narrative, remaining cleareyed about her subject's many personal failings."
A woman's quest for faith and love. Read full book review >

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SNAKE AND LIZARD by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The New Zealand author-and-illustrator team solidly develops this pair's formidable friendship under the scorching desert sun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A sensitive snake and her lovable lizard companion enjoy a warm and touching relationship, shattering the stereotypes that commonly plague their cold-blooded species. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE BRIDE by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Christiana gives the enormous sun, cloud, and wind sympathetic human features; the tiny mouse, comically foreshortened and in her wedding gown, is heroically awkward to the end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse, tired of being small and weak, decides to find herself the strongest husband in the world. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN FEATHERS by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not a standout, but expertly done. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Channeling Dick King-Smith, Cowley offers a warmhearted tale set on a chicken farm featuring a lad with a feathered confidante that talks—though only to him. Read full book review >

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CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON by Joy Cowley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The book's real success, as with its predecessor's, lies in the way words and pictures come together to deliver a satisfying nonfiction adventure for very young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
In a lush companion to Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999), a brilliant blue-and-green panther chameleon runs out of food in his tree and descends to the forest floor in search of a more populated hunting ground. Read full book review >