Search Results: "Judy Stead"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT A WAY TO START A NEW YEAR! by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A useful addition to the Rosh Hashana shelf. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Starting the Jewish New Year in a new city without friends or extended relatives is tough for Harry and his family, until the generous welcome by their new community known as the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim makes a significant difference. Read full book review >

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SNOWY, BLOWY WINTER by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

The simple, playful rhymes make this celebration of winter a solid choice for sharing with toddlers and beginning readers alike. Read full book review >

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WHO LOVES THE FALL? by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Includes a page of fall facts that defines the more advanced vocabulary words and presents some general information about the season. (Picture book. 4-6)"
There is a lot to love about the fall, as readers can see in this action-packed, rollicking book of noun-oriented rhyme. Read full book review >

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SPRING THINGS by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The minimum of words should make this more inviting to its very young target audience, while the pictures might stimulate creative play. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Winter's thaw brings numerous activities, in pictures and verse. Read full book review >

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BEST FRIEND ON WHEELS by Debra Shirley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Stead's energetic illustrations add to the atmosphere of exuberance with bright yellows and pinks and the pure delight shining from the girl's faces. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shirley celebrates friendship and helps dispel many misconceptions about life in a wheelchair. Read full book review >

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MANSFIELD by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Relies too much on its characters' famous names to hold the reader's attention."
Stead (Talking About O'Dwyer, 2000, etc.) takes a fellow New Zealander, short-story master Katherine Mansfield, as the protagonist of his listless tenth novel. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF THE BODY by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An amusing, clever, and agreeably literate portrait of a hapless Lucky Jim sort."
A witty romp through New Zealand academe—with metafiction and mystery joining hands in the picaresque adventures of Professor Harry Butler, obsessed with the Mind/Body problem in more ways than one. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN AND THE BIG BLUE BOAT by Philip C. Stead
ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"Stead encourages children to puzzle over minutia, readying them to think about more opaque topics: growing up, obsolescence and the intrigue of old, forgotten things. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After Jonathan's parents trade his teddy bear Frederick for a more useful and age-appropriate toaster, he sets sail on a rusty Big Blue Boat to find his lost toy. Read full book review >

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IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three interwoven narrative strands explore the complicated possibilities of friendship in early adolescence. Read full book review >

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FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead
ADVENTURE
Released: June 26, 2007

"Thoroughly enjoyable arctic adventure. (Fiction. 9-12)"
With the impending threat of global warning as an ominous backdrop, teens from very different worlds find they have much in common. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE HOTEL by Christina Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"This is an excellent place for the Stead novice to begin enjoying her artistry."
The guests of a modest hotel in postwar Switzerland reveal their unsettled lives on a ravaged continent in this reissue of a masterful 1973 work. Read full book review >