Search Results: "Liz Callen"


BOOK REVIEW

WOLF PIE by Brenda Seabrooke
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Callen's humorous, vibrant multimedia art deftly matches the tone of Seabrooke's amusing tale, resulting in a winning collaboration for independent readers ready to move on to meatier texts. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Deviating from traditional retellings of "The Three Little Pigs," James, Marvin and Lester Pygg build one brick house together at the start of this lively, accessible fractured tale. Read full book review >

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READING, RHYMING, AND ’RITHMETIC by Dave Crawley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A solid collection, but not a substitute for the likes of Silverstein and Prelutsky. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Crawley's latest anthology focuses on school-themed poems. Read full book review >

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CHARITY by Paulette Callen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Despite a few excessively lyrical flourishes, an unusually satisfying tale, combining an engrossing mystery, a lovingly etched portrait of a community, and an appreciation for the moral resilience of strong women."
Poet Callen's first novel, set at the turn of the century, tells of the love and friendship between two women—a story that, for all its up-to-date politics, is really an old-fashioned celebration of its title virtue. Read full book review >

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CONTRARY IMAGINATIONS by Larry Callen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 1991

Dad left after the divorce ``a bunch of years ago,'' and Alex and his twin siblings haven't seen him since. Read full book review >

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WORDS IN ROWS by Cathy Callen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A tender and clever look at a writer's life."
Callen (Running Out of Footprints, 2013) offers a quaint, playful collection of poetry and prose that spans nearly 50 years of her life.Read full book review >

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THE VERY UGLY BUG by Liz Pichon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"A similar premise gets more effective treatment in Andrew Clements's Big Al (1988), illustrated by Yoshi, and, more recently, in Graeme Base's Jungle Drums (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this notably unsuccessful take on the "I don't want to stand out" theme, a bug—colorful but not particularly ugly in the cartoon illustrations—brushes off her friends' appreciative comments and dresses herself to look like them, but changes her tune after repulsing a predatory bird. Read full book review >

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QUACKERS by Liz Wong
by Liz Wong, illustrated by Liz Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"Both relevant and adorable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cat who thinks he's a duck learns about himself. Read full book review >

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TOMBOY by Liz Prince
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Spectacular; a book to make anyone think seriously about society's preordained gender roles (Graphic memoir. 14 & up)"
Prince explores what it means to be a tomboy in a magnificently evocative graphic memoir. Read full book review >

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PENGUINS by Liz Pichon
by Liz Pichon, illustrated by Liz Pichon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Even the novelty features—a viewfinder page and a set of photographs—cannot save this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This lackluster effort features a jolly group of zoo penguins enjoying their favorite activity—entertaining and being entertained by humans—when they get a surprise: A little girl drops her camera into their habitat. Read full book review >

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SPLASHDANCE by Liz Starin
by Liz Starin, illustrated by Liz Starin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"It's a consciously silly pretense, but discussion possibilities abound, and there's no question it's funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
After being excluded, a polar bear gets her turn to shine. Read full book review >

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RORY THE DINOSAUR WANTS A PET by Liz Climo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Children just developing a sense of humor will appreciate the innocent silliness of the tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rory is a lucky dinosaur. He so much wants a pet, and a pet finds him instead! Read full book review >

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PLAYED by Liz Fichera
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 27, 2014

"The book stands out in its nicely realistic portraits of the teens. (Romance. 12-18)"
The second book in the author's examination of relationships between the white community and Native Americans on a Phoenix-area reservation. Read full book review >