Search Results: "Michelle Cuevas"


BOOK REVIEW

CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though the writing is clever and there are plenty of amusing incidents included, life lessons and existential truths overwhelm everything, suggesting that the audience for this uneasy amalgam of whimsy and wisdom will be small. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary friend who yearns to be real learns about life along with the children who conjure him up in a variety of guises. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE LAUGHING SKY by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"'There's things you've seen and things you may not have, but there ain't nothing that's impossible, sugar,' says a village widow; readers will end the book with a new sense of possible. (Magical realism. 8-11)"
Nashville, who has qualities both human and birdlike, feels compelled to follow his avian destiny. Read full book review >

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THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A PET BLACK HOLE by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An original tale of family love, scientific passion, and a truly epic journey of self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Instead of a lost kitten, 11-year-old Stella "Bug" Rodriguez rescues a black hole she names Larry ("short for Singularity, which I'd read is a place of infinite gravity at the heart of a black hole"). Read full book review >

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THE MASTERWORK OF A PAINTING ELEPHANT by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A touching, singular story of a painting elephant and the boy he lovingly fosters. (Fiction. 6-12)"
A little boy and a nurturing elephant embark on a memorable search and find adventure, fame and the meaning of home. Read full book review >

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SMOOT by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Not since Peter Pan's has a shadow commanded such well-deserved attention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the middle of a city filled with Old World stuccoed walls and tiled roofs, a boy's shadow yearns to break free. Read full book review >

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THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Readers will find both consolation and encouragement on every visit to this emotionally resonant, evocative story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A man who delivers messages sent via ocean bottle longs for a message of his own. Read full book review >

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WILD THINGS
by Julie Danielson

Because children possess an inner wildness, children’s literature is full of wild creatures of all sorts and stripes. Two brand-new picture books on shelves, all about wildness, serve as the yin and yang of one another – one story about a tame creature finding wildness; another about a wild creature seeking security.

Michelle Cuevas’s Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow, illustrated by ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >

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FEATHERLESS/DESPLUMADO by Juan Felipe Herrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Both Spanish and English texts are direct, inviting, and expressive. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Like his pet bird Desplumado, featherless and with a drawn-in foot, Tomasito can't fly. Read full book review >

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TRASH TALK by Michelle Mulder
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To dumpster dive, to glean, perchance to dream of a zero-waste world. Read full book review >

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LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"Highly readable, gripping and touching. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl struggles to hold onto her own identity within her family of thieves. Read full book review >

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CHARMED by Michelle Krys
Released: May 26, 2015

"Snappy dialogue, a satisfyingly epic battle, and unexpected heroes make for a conclusion that will satisfy readers of the first installment. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Los Angeles teen witch Indigo returns in this follow-up to Hexed (2014), honing her magic skills rapidly as she uncovers information about Los Demonios, an other-dimensional prison used by both the Family, a society of witches and warlocks, and their sworn enemies, the Priory, who are sorcerers.Read full book review >