Search Results: "Joyce Magnin"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Although the message is sometimes spelled out instead of implied, it's a minor flaw in this worthy, heartwarming effort. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Can an oft-rejected orphan settle into the stable, loving home of a pair of gentle sisters who are retired missionaries to Africa? Read full book review >

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CARRYING MASON by Joyce Magnin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A quiet coming-of-age tale with heart offers a fresh look at mentally disabled adults. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Initially, all 13-year-old Luna asks is that she be allowed to be a pall bearer for her best friend, Mason. Read full book review >

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THE SANDMAN by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >

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BIG TIME OLIE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Like Olie's previous appearances, in print and on TV, the episode is neatly cut and dried, but Olie's frustrated reaction to being told that he's too small for this, but too big to do that any more, will find an understanding corps of young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Angry that he's not growing up fast enough, little Olie has a "big and really bad idea." Read full book review >

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SLEEPY TIME OLIE by William Joyce
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Rolie Polie Olie fans won't care about any of this, however, as Joyce's inventive ideas, rollicking rhymes, and readily recognizable, Rolie-Polie-round illustration style add up to a winning format with proven success. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Rolie Polie Olie is a robot on a roll with sequels, toddler stories in board format, toys, and his own Disney TV show. Read full book review >

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OLLIE'S ODYSSEY by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Velveteen Rabbit and Toy Story meet Phantom of the Opera. For better or worse. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A cloth "teddy rabbit" and his beloved boy rescue one another from a toy clown gone bad. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO FARM by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In all, a charming introduction to the familiar animals of the farm for youngsters. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A "guess who" game for very young children introduces seven animals they might meet on a farm. Read full book review >

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MY LUCKY LITTLE DRAGON by Joyce Wan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"While little ones will not get the analogies, they will be drawn to the playful images and loving message. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)"
A baby's attributes are compared to a variety of animals. Read full book review >

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THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. Read full book review >

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THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs—`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''—climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Read full book review >

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SANTA CALLS by William Joyce
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Read quickly; linger over the art. (Picture book. 7+)"
Joyce's version of a ride on the Polar Express is more style than substance. Read full book review >

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YOU ARE MY PUMPKIN by Joyce Wan
Released: June 28, 2016

"While this is not an essential purchase, most little pumpkins will love being told, 'Baby, I'm batty for you!' (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Young children won't understand the metaphors but will appreciate the sentiment made clear by the repeated, Halloween-themed declarations of love in Wan's latest board book. Read full book review >