Search Results: "Julia Denos"


BOOK REVIEW

SYLVA AND THE FAIRY BALL by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Good intentions and heroism wrapped in a dainty package for girls who can't get enough fairies. (glossary of baby Squeak's language, cake recipe, music) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The first installment in a chapter-book series chronicling the adventures of Tinker Bell's younger sisters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSY AND THE SECRET FRIEND by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Not the subtlest book, but girls who love fairies won't care. (how to make a fairy house, glossary of baby Squeak's language) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Rosy Bell strikes up a forbidden friendship with a human child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

100 DAYS AND 99 NIGHTS by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Although the humor is occasionally off-the-mark and the narrative as a whole is sometimes heavy handed, Madison provides a serviceable and much-needed vehicle for discussing military life and the psychological effects of war on families, particularly children, in modern-day America. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Second-grade army brat Esmerelda Swishback McCarther knows all about duty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I HAD A FAVORITE DRESS by Boni Ashburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sprightly, modernized and girly version of the Jewish folktale "The Tailor," which also formed the foundation of Simms Taback's Caldecott-winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWATCH by Julia Denos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"For color wranglers and windblown spirits everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Swatch is a color whisperer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDEN AT THE FANCY-DRESS PARTY by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Age-appropriate story sophistication outweighs didacticism. (Squeak's glossary, Goldie's cape instructions, music) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Golden Bell travels to the mainland for an adventure packed with fairies, fashion and bullying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS TO LEO by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend—in other words, someone a lot like them. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Annie introduces new dog Leo to the Rossi household in a letter of welcome and decides to keep writing, and reading, secret letters to him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA'S GLOVES by Cecil Castellucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Affecting and realistic, with just the right amount of detail, this is a thoughtful, well-crafted description of a loved one's death, especially appropriate for children undergoing a similar loss. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This girl's grandma smells wonderful, cooks amazing doughnuts and knows how to make plants and flowers grow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOTTY by Erica S. Perl
by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Julia Denos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A charmer. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Ida is ready for a new year at school—complete with her new lunchbox and her imaginary friend, Dotty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BUG SURPRISE by Julia Gran
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"This plucky heroine is sure to be an inspiration to every girl with an interest that is outside the norm and a perfect companion to Megan McDonald's Insects Are My Life (1995). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Prunella is fascinated with bugs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LARGE AS LIFE by Julia Finzel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Finzel's well-designed paintings are bold and dramatic; the hunt is entertaining, especially when the ladybug turns up among the crocodile's teeth; best, the concept of relative size is conveyed with astonishing simplicity and power. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In each double spread in this large, square book, a minimal text challenges readers to find a ladybug hidden on or near increasingly larger animals shown life-size—even an elephant's foot and a whale's eye. Read full book review >