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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

ALWAYS, JULIA by Marcia Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Still, though some of the early implications are left unexplored, the emotional truths are beautifully underplayed, leaving readers the wrenching task of contrasting Julia's enthusiastic missives with her trail of heartbreak. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Leaving behind her admiring younger sister Jane (15), Julia moves to New York to become a writer. Read full book review >