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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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 >

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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 >

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WHERE’S MY SOCK? by Joyce Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A great tale of determination and creative problem-solving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an endearing tale of socks lost and found, Pippin's lost sock makes him very angry; none but the matching yellow sock with clocks on it will do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY SMALL by Joyce Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A delightfully whimsical and inviting tale that's perfect for cuddle time. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny, fey woodland creature and an oversized baby bear form an unlikely friendship in this bewitching tale. Read full book review >