Search Results: "Julie Downing"


BOOK REVIEW

DON'T TURN THE PAGE! by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2014

"A charming, metafictive good night. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This book within a book tells the story of a little hedgehog who resists reading a bedtime story about a little bear—or is it also a story about a little bear who reads a book about a little hedgehog? Read full book review >

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NO HUGS TILL SATURDAY by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"Grown-up readers will just have to hope that their own little ones don't get any ideas. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Felix and Mama have some very special hugs they share: soft snuggles, super squeezes and monster mashes. Read full book review >

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MOZART TONIGHT by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Attractive; useful. (Biography/Picture book. 5-8)"
Flashing back via an informal narration by Mozart to his wife while on their way to the first performance of Don Giovanni, Downing touches on significant events throughout Mozart's life, concluding with the opera's warm reception. Read full book review >

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A LIKELY LAD by Gillian Avery
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1994

"This first US edition features appropriately humorous pencil illustrations. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Turn-of-the-century working-class England comes to life in this tale of an endearing and inquisitive boy. Read full book review >

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THE ICE CREAM KING by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

A little boy loves ice cream more than anything else in the world...or does he? Read full book review >

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SPOOKY FRIENDS by Jane Feder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Move over, Frog and Toad, to make room for this delightful new title. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Vampire Scarlet and mummy Igor are very good friends. "The trouble was, they could never agree on anything." Read full book review >

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WATER VOICES by Toby Speed
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

Riddle fanciers will enjoy this book, in which Speed (Whoosh! Read full book review >

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SOON, ANNALA by Riki Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Completing the story of one family's 1910 immigration to New York (Watch the Stars Come Out, 1985, ALA Notable), Levinson focuses on middle child Annala, who's beginning to learn English while she waits impatiently for little Sammy and Elly, left behind with Aunt Marya. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF WO TI by Nathan Zimelman
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Zimelman tells his story with a leisurely grace that begs for sharing aloud; Downing's watercolors are colorful and pleasingly designed, with the cat—like many a fine villain—easily stealing the show. (Picture book. 4-9)"
All is peaceful in the garden of Peking's Summer Palace; hunger is locked on the other side of the high walls until Kitti Ho, chased by a gang of boys and dogs, takes refuge inside. Read full book review >

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CABBAGE ROSE by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"A little earnest, but interesting and visually attractive. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The author of several original tales creates another strong female protagonist: a gifted young artist so plain that her brothers call her ``Cabbage.'' When a passing magician gives her a brush that makes whatever she depicts become real, Cabbage's greedy brothers demand one luxury after another; so Cabbage paints a window, escapes through it, and is soon known for her (magic-free) art and summoned to the palace, where the prince comes to value her for herself (it's he who adds ``Rose'')—as Cabbage realizes only after using the brush, one last time, to paint her mirrored self as conventionally pretty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST MOTHERS by Beverly Gherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"There's not much for kids about presidential mothers, and at least this book covers every White House resident so far. (bibliography, author's note) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Behind every great man….And behind many of our presidents, there's also an unknown woman. This book sheds light on our leaders' mothers and how their influences possibly shaped the founding dads. Read full book review >

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HOW DO YOU KNOW? by Deborah W. Trotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"A heartwarming look at the bond between an inspiring mother and her child as they share the natural world with each other. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A foggy morning is a wonderland for a curious child in Trotter's debut. Read full book review >