Search Results: "Kristina Stephenson"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

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THE STORY ABOUT ME by Miriam Schlein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Occupying a middle ground between Robie Harris's almost clinical Happy Birth Day (1996) and Debra Frasier's abstract On the Day You Were Born (1991), this offers one version of a universal experience in tones of unalloyed joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Here's a story that most children love to hear over and over: snuggled together in a cozy chair, a grandma tells her granddaughter once again about how much of a fuss everyone in the family made while waiting for her to be born. Read full book review >

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NEW KID IN TOWN by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The more useful one is that sometimes the conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mouse rides into town sporting a cowboy hat, boots with spurs and riding a pony on a stick. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU FOR ME! by Marion Dane Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"Though God is not actually mentioned in the text, this understated offering can serve as an introduction to prayer for toddlers and their families. (Picture book/religion. 1-3)"
Bauer offers a simple celebration of self suitable for babies and toddlers that identifies basic body parts and functions with gentle, rhyming text that uses just a few words per page. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

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THE BLIND HUNTER by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves are well-stocked with tales from West Africa; this one, equally suitable for contemplation or discussion, arises from a different, more southerly, tradition. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Rodanas bases this story of a blind hunter who "sees" better than his sighted companion on a tale from Zimbabwe. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF THE SACRED CIRCLE by Kristina Rodanas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's not easy to hit the right note of both substance and etherealness when myth-making, but Rodanas comes comfortably close. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The buffalo herd diminishes, and a prairie tribe goes hungry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Riggle writes about female family dynamics with a sure hand but stumbles awkwardly around TJ and the other male characters."
A teacher stands trial for his sexual relationship with a precocious high school senior who resists believing she is the victim since she pursued their affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Connoisseurs of serial mayhem will solve the mystery long before Alex and his team, but Ohlsson's knack for building surprises into the most routine scenes and people suggests that there'll be plenty of material for the promised series."
Ohlsson enters the crowded field of Swedish procedurals with the tale of a man bent on exacting a terrible revenge on errant mothers through their innocent children. Read full book review >

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MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A subplot about a teacher's drinking feels extraneous, but it doesn't distract from this sweet story about truth and friendship. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tori's never given much thought to boyfriends or climbing the popularity ladder until she spends the summer apart from her nouveau riche BFF, Sienna. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALLING EXTRA by Kristina Romero
Released: March 9, 2012

"A brave young heroine amid a fascinating historical setting, but short on attention to detail."
Debut author Romero's historical young-adult novel features a homeless 13-year-old girl who finds shelter among New York City's newsboys. Read full book review >