Search Results: "Kurt Cyrus"


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BIG RIG BUGS by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The bare-bones, rhyming text makes this accessible to even very young children, while the combination of construction trucks and bugs is sure to guarantee its popularity. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cyrus offers a creative, appealing comparison between bugs and construction trucks. Read full book review >

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TANGLE TOWN by Kurt Cyrus
by Kurt Cyrus, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1997

The glass door says ``pull,'' but the mayor is pushing, and he's getting blisters. Read full book review >

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ODDHOPPER OPERA by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Two-legged fans of Douglas Florian's Insectlopedia (1998) and J. Patrick Lewis's The Little Buggers (1998) will scurry after this verbal and visual tour-de-force. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Cyrus (The Mousery, 2000, etc.) promises bugs and verses, and delivers plenty of both in this ground-level view of a vegetable garden's teeming residents. Read full book review >

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BILLIONS OF BRICKS by Kurt Cyrus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"After sharing this, readers will have a new appreciation for bricks and will want to count all the ways they're used in their own communities. (Counting/picture book. 4-7)"
This describes itself as "a counting book about building," but it is so much more. Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE OF TURTLE REX by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2011

"Never has time travel been so easy or so immersive. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
In a life-cycle arc paralleling the one in Cyrus' Tadpole Rex (2008), a tiny prehistoric ancestor to modern sea turtles hatches from a buried egg, scuttles across a beach into the sea, survives multiple hazards to grow into a mighty two-ton Archelon and then in season returns to shore to lay a clutch of her own. Read full book review >

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TADPOLE REX by Kurt Cyrus
Kirkus Star
by Kurt Cyrus, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Readers will thrill to the action and suspense while teachers will appreciate the subtle lesson on the life cycle of frogs. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tiny frog unleashes his inner tyrannosaur when his diet changes from plants to prey. Read full book review >

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MAMMOTHS ON THE MOVE by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

With mountainous dignity, mammoths lumber across wide prehistoric landscapes as Wheeler traces their ancient annual round in verse: "Come colder days, those mammoth herds / migrated south, just like the birds. / Their menu had to be improved, / so mammoths packed their trunks and moved." Read full book review >

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THE MOUSERY by Charlotte Pomerantz
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Beautifully crafted artwork lifts a pedestrian rhymed text in this tale of two grumpy old bachelors who change their ways. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Gee willikers, guys, when's the next one? (Fiction. 9-14)"
Lost in the labyrinth of metafiction, this sequel to Whales on Stilts (2005) continues its send-up of everything from chick-lit to the Hardy Boys, from books that address the reader to books once popular, but now shelf-sitters. Read full book review >

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HE LAUGHED WITH HIS OTHER MOUTHS by M.T. Anderson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Layered, beautiful, smart and achingly funny. In a word, brilliant. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
The thrills continue as Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, goes into the deepest regions of space in search of his long-lost father. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE MOMMY by M.T. Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Ridiculous in all the best ways. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The latest in Anderson's madcap pastiche series takes on the undead of upstate New York. Read full book review >