Search Results: "Randy Cecil"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERMORE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A beguiling read-aloud for more than princess-and-dragon lovers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The comforting friendship between a young girl and an enormous dragon deepens. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVABYE DRAGON by Barbara Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A strong and hopeful tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the tears of a young princess trickle onto a dragon, a sweet friendship is born. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FATHER THE DOG by Elizabeth Bluemle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Tail-wagging hilarity that's simply doggone funny—and a perfect Father's Day gift. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title, cover and opening sentence groom readers for this waggish tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR A MOOSE by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An excellent addition to any collection. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this energetic frolic replete with onomatopoeic language, four friends put on their hats and boots and go off in search of a moose, because they want to see one. Read full book review >

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DUSTY LOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Susan Lowell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"And though the story's momentum is somewhat on the clunky side, the comedy keeps the wheels turning, as do Cecil's pictures of goofy bears in cowboy boots and kerchiefs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lowell and Cecil (Little Red Cowboy Hat, 1997) return to cowboy twists on nursery tales when they take Goldilocks and plunk her down in Montana in this spry retelling of a classic. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"How delicious! (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
The author of a conventional Gingerbread Man (1993) dishes up another version, this with a Southwestern flavor and a female entree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POSSESSING JESSIE by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 15, 2010

"The strongest feature of this banal effort is its shortness; even the most reluctant of readers might be enticed to pick up a slender horror novel that delivers, in true Twlight Zone fashion, a chillingly nasty conclusion. (Horror. 12 & up)"
Strikingly shallow characters abound in this brief horror-fest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG DAY ON THE RIVER by Sarah Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"A good tale of a spunky girl for independent or group reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willie starts out at dawn for a solo raft ride on the Wallawatchee River. Read full book review >