Search Results: "Julia Donaldson"


BOOK REVIEW

RUNNING ON THE CRACKS by Julia Donaldson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This fast-paced, richly characterized Scottish import, imbued with the important message that friends are the family you choose, will be a boon to libraries looking to add more world literature to their teen collections. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Leonora (aka Leo), a recently orphaned half-white/half-Chinese teen, has run away from her unhappy aunt and uncle's house in England to search for her estranged Chinese grandparents in Glasgow. Read full book review >

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ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A solid storytime and lap-read that will amuse with each repeated read. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Dynamic duo Donaldson and Scheffler (Superworm, 2014, etc.) are back with a tale full of high drama, medical emergencies, and dragon crash landings in this sequel to A Gold Star for Zog (2012). Read full book review >

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THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Young readers will clamor to ride along. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Like an ocean-going "Lion and the Mouse," a humpback whale and a snail "with an itchy foot" help each other out in this cheery travelogue. Read full book review >

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THE GRUFFALO by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1999

"Scheffler's funny scenes prevent the suspense from culminating; all his creatures, predator and prey, are downright lovable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The action of this rhymed and humorous tale centers upon a mouse who "took a stroll/through the deep dark wood./A fox saw the mouse/and the mouse looked good." Read full book review >

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ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Effective use of brilliant colors set against well-conceived backgrounds detail the story without need for text—but with it, the story—and the broom—take off. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Each time the witch loses something in the windy weather, she and her cat are introduced to a new friend who loves flying on her broom. Read full book review >

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A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Where funds permit, a worthy addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
You may not think you need yet another version of the tale about someone realizing that her house is actually big enough to accommodate a whole slew of animals, after crowding them in—one by one—on the advice of a wise man (he looks as much like a vicar as a rabbi here). Read full book review >

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TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"'MEEE-EW and the old guitar, / How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.' Sounds like a hit. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A musical cat—what's better than that? Read full book review >

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TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Holding firmly to the courage of his vegetarian convictions, T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE TED FALLS OUT OF BED by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"A sweet addition to any bedtime routine. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This counting rhyme is sure to comfort any child who has had a stuffed friend suffer a nighttime fall. Read full book review >

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THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES by Julia Donaldson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This reverse Jack in the Beanstalk feels like—and will be—a children's movie. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In search of legendary "iggly plops," Jumbeelia climbs down the "bimplestonk" and finds a lawn mower, a sheep and three children whom she pops into her collector's bag and takes back to Groil, her giant's world in the clouds. Read full book review >

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THE SPIFFIEST GIANT IN TOWN by Julia Donaldson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

Never was a striptease worked to more beneficent ends as when George the humble and sartorially challenged giant starts taking it off, piece by piece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JULIA VANISHES by Catherine Egan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu's The Rose Society (2015), a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A 16-year-old con artist is tested by the political and supernatural drama she can't avoid. Read full book review >