Search Results: "Joyce Dunbar"


BOOK REVIEW

PAT-A-CAKE BABY by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A sweet confection through and through, from the glitter on the cover to the nonpareils on the endpapers. (Picture book. 4-7)"

BOOK REVIEW

EGGDAY by Joyce Dunbar
Released: March 15, 1999

"Every page bristles with color; brush strokes, dots, blots, and thumbprints create multi-layered scenes that fairly sing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dunbar (Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep, 1998, etc.) joins Helme Heine (The Most Wonderful Egg in the World, 1983) and Mary Jane Auch (The Easter Egg Farm, 1992) in serving up with gusto a cast of unusual egg producers. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET FRIEND by Joyce Dunbar
Released: March 15, 1999

"Craig's illustrations are expressive—a dash of eyebrow communicates Panda's uncertainties—while backgrounds and a scattering of project paraphernalia (stickers, scissors, colored pencils) convey the child-size realm the two friends inhabit. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the new Read Me/A Panda and Gander Story series, Gander decides to write a letter, and Panda can't help but notice the proceedings and inquire about them. Read full book review >

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SHOE BABY by Joyce Dunbar
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Polly Dunbar's delightful mixed-media collage illustrations of eccentric creatures great and small burst forth with as much glee as the text in this contagiously exuberant mother-daughter collaboration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"There once was a baby / Who hid in a shoe / And had learned how to say, ‘How do you do?' " Thus begins the rollicking, rhyming, Edward Lear-style story of the adventures of the rosy-cheeked Shoe Baby. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTER WHO ATE DARKNESS by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Not exactly entropy in action, but a cozy, if lengthy, bedtime tale nonetheless. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Though bedroom monsters are a dime a dozen, this one's a bit different. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOONBIRD by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"But this heavy, controversial message won't be swallowed easily. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From the magical land of the silvery bubble-blowing Moonchild, a bubble popping in little Prince Orla's ear suddenly makes him profoundly deaf. Read full book review >

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FOUR FIERCE KITTENS by Joyce Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A good choice for the youngest story group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In an elaboration on the model set forth in Flack's Angus and the Ducks (1930), four kittens brave the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOLLOPY by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Susan Varley
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Varley's pen-and- watercolor illustrations are a gentle and expressive match for the graceful, economical text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An appealing story with a plot that's sort of a cross between The Velveteen Rabbit and Blueberries for Sal: Since she's not supposed to go into the woods alone, Sophie takes her toy bunny (Lollopy) with her, but forgets him while she's picking bluebells. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODDLY by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Patrick Benson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"While the narrative's repetitive elements result in strong pacing, the resolution's abruptness yields a blemished, if intriguing, overall presentation. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quirky cast of characters befriends a lonely child in this unusual story of belonging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE STAR by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"He and Dunbar (Seven Sillies, 1994, etc.) do full justice both to the glory and to the simple humanity of the Christmas story. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This Is The Star ($16.00; Oct. 1996; 36 pp.; 0-15-200851-9): A cumulative rhyme that simply and gracefully tells the Nativity story, with intensely dramatic full-bleed oil paintings to illustrate each element—star, shepherds, angel, stable, Christ child, wise men, and all the rest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUSS JEKYLL CAT HYDE by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Whether or not young listeners are familiar with the origin of her names, the evocation of the two sides of a familiar and beloved pet will resonate. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This slim British import, which combines beautiful artwork and brief, poetic text, seems more likely to appeal to adult cat lovers than to young listeners, but the dichotomy at its heart may be intriguing to some children, and the lush language pleases the ear and offers plenty to discuss. Read full book review >