Search Results: "Judy Sierra"


BOOK REVIEW

SIERRA by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Absorbing and eventful, replete with authoritative details on the mortal risks, primitive conditions, and sometimes rich rewards awaiting those who joined the gold rush to California."
With varying results, two young men seek their fortunes in California after America's successful war against Mexico—in another solid historical from the prolific Wheeler (Cashbox, l994, etc.). Read full book review >

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SIERRA by Diane Siebert
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 1991

"Minor, however, captures some of the high peaks' awesome nobility in his broad, carefully detailed paintings. A valid plea for the environment that will move those not put off by the pretentious text.~(Picture book. 5-10)"
As in Mojave (1988) and Heartland (1989), the land speaks here in first-person verse enumerating its qualities, fauna, geological history, etc. Least successful of the three, this text is awkward and over-earnest. Read full book review >

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TASTY BABY BELLY BUTTONS by Judy Sierra
Released: May 1, 1999

"A vigorously told comic adventure. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
PLB 0-679-99369-X Inspired by local versions of a popular Japanese folktale, Sierra (Antarctic Antics, 1998, etc.) recasts a yarn that usually stars Momotaro, or "Peach Boy," with a female lead. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING PIG by Judy Sierra
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If a bit tidy and pat, this is a culturally transporting tale from a realm that most readers will find quite exotic. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sierra's retelling of this Balinese folktale has a kind of mesmerizing uninflected delivery that chugs attractively along, while Sweetwater's artwork flickers with vivid folk imagery draped in tropical colors. Read full book review >

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BEASTLY RHYMES TO READ AFTER DARK by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The trade edition is bound in appealingly hideous, mottled-green fake fur. (Poetry. 6-8)"
"Annie's babies like to bite. / Annie's babies howl all night. / In the daytime, they're much calmer. / They are werewolves like their mama." Read full book review >

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’TWAS THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Legions of little monster fans will find this innovation more fun than the original. (Picture book. 3-7)"
For anyone who can't decide between Halloween surprises and Christmas cheer, here's a holiday smorgasbord of monsters and one tiny mouse serving as Santa with a sleigh pulled by eight bats. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"However, these positive elements are not enough to redeem the collection, which as a whole remains an additional purchase. (Folklore. 6-10)"
In this great idea for a collection, the selection of stories included is stellar and the watercolor illustrations are charming. Read full book review >

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NURSERY TALES AROUND THE WORLD by Judy Sierra
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A sumptuous, if cerebral, alternative to Kay Chorao's Child's Storybook (1985) or Anne Rockwell's popular collections. (bibliography) (Folklore. 4+)"
Eighteen traditional stories, specifically selected, according to the introduction, for reading to children who are beyond nursery rhymes but are not yet ready for Winnie-the-Pooh. Read full book review >

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BALLYHOO BAY by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. Read full book review >

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MIND YOUR MANNERS, B.B. WOLF by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Big bad wolves can learn new tricks.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Veteran storyteller Sierra takes a refreshingly oblique approach to promoting polite behavior. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SCIENCE PROJECT THAT ALMOST ATE THE SCHOOL by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Explosively funny. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sierra spins an impeccably rhymed yarn about a last minute science-fair experiment gone fabulously amok. Read full book review >

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THELONIUS MONSTER’S SKY-HIGH FLY PIE by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2006

"Brimming with read-aloud possibilities, and not a single fly was injured in the performance of this tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Sierra takes a romping, rollicking rhyme to recount an amazing and vastly amusing culinary adventure. Read full book review >