Search Results: "Judy Blundell"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Exciting, suspenseful, absorbing and informative. (epilogue, historical note, archival photographs, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-13)"
National Book Award winner Blundell (What I Saw and How I Lied, 2008) explores the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires in this well-crafted, literary page turner. Read full book review >

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STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"National Book Award-winner Blundell (What I Saw and How I Lied, 2008) delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Caught up in dreams of dancing on Broadway, Kit Corrigan unwisely accepts an apartment and a nightclub job from mob lawyer Nate Benedict in exchange for keeping tabs on his son Billy, who's enlisted in the Army along with Kit's brother, Jamie. Read full book review >

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WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Disappointing. (Mystery/historical fiction. YA)"
Spontaneously moving to Florida seems like a dream come true to 15-year-old Evie, her mother, Beverly, and her stepfather, Joe, newly home from World War II. Read full book review >

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BEWARE OF BOYS by Tony Blundell
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"The long-nosed, snaggledtoothed wolf adopts an increasingly beleaguered expression as he rushes about gathering mounds of staples and produce, while Blundell's energetic line and pop-eyed, cartoony characters keep the tale moving at a manic pace. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Once again, the wolf gets the worst of it: the boy he brings home for dinner tempts him with a recipe for ``Boy Soup,'' but first the wolf must gather a plethora of ingredients, including a ton of potatoes, a cartload of carrots, and a barrel of bricks. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF GROWL by Judy Horacek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A book to read over and over. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Poor Growl—she is forbidden from doing the one thing she loves most to do. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES AND THE BIG BONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"With the familiar acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations of this goofy pint-size cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, large-type sound effects, Spanglish words and silly rhymes, fans will cheer for this loco kitty and his funny-bones escapade. (CD) (Picture book. 5-8)"
That devilish, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones is back in his fourth adventure and digging up big-time trouble—again. Read full book review >

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MEOW by Judy Reinen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Cat-lovers may return to this, but others may find that one day is enough. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With cat-sized props placed against boldly colored backgrounds—such as a claw-foot bathtub (with gilt cats for feet) just big enough for three kittens—internationally renowned photographer Reinen's attention-grabbing photos offer cat-lovers their fill of felines at play and rest. Read full book review >

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SARABELLA'S THINKING CAP by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A specious attempt to present an inclusive view of the self-expression of creative children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sarabella is a quiet and contemplative young girl who doesn't always choose to verbalize her thoughts. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES IN THE DOGHOUSE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Más, por favor. (CD read by the author) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Holy Jalapeño! Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES CLASS ACTION by Judy Schachner
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Children will find much to laugh at in Skippyjon's latest adventure, and although much of the wordplay will go over kids' heads, adults who are asked for repeated readings will appreciate it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
That irrepressible, big-eared Siamese cat with an identity complex is back, this time desperate to go to school just like the dogs. Read full book review >

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ALL AROUND THE BLOCK by Judy Pelikan
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 4, 2008

"The absence of story line and its compact format makes this more an object of intimate contemplation than anything else, and repeated examination will reap dividends. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Effective use of color intensifies the intricate illustrations featured in Pelikan's diminutive alphabet. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES IN MUMMY TROUBLE by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A bonus is the CD read by the author. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese boy kitty who thinks he's a Chihuahua, reads about cat mummies in National Leographic ("thinking outside the [litter] box"), his overactive imagination whisks him off to Egypt (via his closet). Read full book review >