Search Results: "Kirsten Hubbard"


BOOK REVIEW

WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard
Released: March 13, 2012

"A thoughtful and meandering travel narrative, this will find an audience among readers willing to take the time to get to know characters whose motives they might not always understand. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A tale of self-discovery slowly unfolds in this novel about a talented artist who falls for her travel companion as she backpacks in Central America. Read full book review >

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LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 8, 2011

"This is a good story that would have been better with a change of focus. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Mandarin Ramey is the girl everyone wants to be or be with. Read full book review >

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RACE THE NIGHT by Kirsten Hubbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A claustrophobic survival tale that will keep readers guessing. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Is this a post-apocalypse dystopia or a story about a cult? That's the question facing middle-grade readers in this suspense puzzler. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by David A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Notwithstanding Johnson's strong stylistic ties to illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott and E. Boyd Smith, adults are the likeliest audience for this volume. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Although fine lines and a low contrast palette give Johnson's paintings a faded, smudgy look, he effectively captures the classic nursery rhyme's flavor, decking the matronly Mother Hubbard out in sweeping 19th-century gowns that are ruffled, fur- trimmed and elaborately accessorized, then dispatching her to a series of elegantly appointed shops and stalls for goods to lavish on her pampered canine. Read full book review >

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THE NEW, IMPROVED GRETCHEN HUBBARD by Ilene Cooper
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

In a new, improved entry in the ``Kids from Kennedy Middle School'' series, Cooper takes a formulaic idea—the ugly duckling makeover—and gives it plenty of zip. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by Jane Cabrera
adapted by Jane Cabrera, illustrated by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Ex-toddlers will eat this up. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cabrera (Dog's Day, 2000, etc.) illustrates this abbreviated adaptation of the nursery rhyme with broadly brushed, vibrantly colored scenes. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER WONDERFUL DOG by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1991

"Predictably unpredictable and genuinely funny; and, of course, the art here is not only wickedly satirical but done with exceeding skill. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Marshall doesn't retell this old favorite, as he did in his revisionary nursery tales (Red Riding Hood, 1987); he uses it as springboard for a series of outrageously risible illustrations of the jowly old lady and her jowly pet frequenting imaginatively conceived shops or cozily at home, reading The Daily Drool or engaged in other industrious or self-indulgent pursuits. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1968

"Comical indeed, and far more effective than Galdone."
Old Mother Hubbard aright, two pictures per stanza, one picture per page: on the left she's gone "to buy him some bread," on the right "the poor dog was dead"—and so on through a scene that's funny in itself for each foray and each return. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDSHIP BOOK by Woodleigh Hubbard
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Children—as well as adults—will be amused by the humor and the strength of the visual expression. (Picture book. 5+)"
In her third book, Hubbard brings the distinctive style introduced in C Is for Curious (1990), an innovative pictorial exploration of the emotions, to a dozen aphorisms: ``A friend keeps your secrets''; ``Friends don't always agree''; etc. Again, the artist's vibrantly contrasted colors and decorative animal figures—in simple, dynamic shapes that could have been inspired by Matisse's cutouts—deftly express the subtleties of emotion, whether in a fearful blue creature clinging to its insouciant, boldly yellow companion, whose delicate stance declares understanding as well as courage; or in a comfortably rounded pair with similar shapes and dissimilar but related colors, relaxing among pleasantly curvilinear forms (``Friends just need each other''). Read full book review >

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TWO IS FOR DANCING by Woodleigh Hubbard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, the artist's innovative use of color and stylized forms is worth a look, and the joyous enthusiasm in each picture is pleasantly contagious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The author/illustrator of C Is for Curious: An ABC of Feelings (1990) applies the same flamboyant style to the numbers from 1 to 12 with less success. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Mandy Hubbard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >

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WHOA, JEALOUSY! by Woodleigh Hubbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Nowhere else is there credit or acknowledgement of what, or how much, role she played. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Jealousy is a feeling that gets inside you. You invite it in, and suddenly . . . Read full book review >