Search Results: "Randy DuBurke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON RING by Randy DuBurke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the boundless energy and sheer playfulness of this debut will please young readers, and leave them hoping to see more from DuBurke. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers the truth of her grandma's dictum that "magic loves blue-moon light," when a Frisbee-sized, wish-granting silver ring falls at her feet. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"While Duburke's acrylic illustrations beautifully enhance the text, this format just does not seem the right choice for Marcenia's story, one that could have been better told as a picture-book biography. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Marcenia Lyle wants to be a professional baseball player. Read full book review >

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YUMMY by G. Neri
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A much-needed look at the terrifying perils of life on the margins that will have all readers pondering the heady question of moral responsibility. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
A haunting, ripped-from-the-headlines account of youth gang violence in Chicago provides the backdrop for a crucial mediation on right and wrong. Read full book review >

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GAME CHANGER by John Coy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Though necessarily brief and lacking in nuance, the story is nevertheless a charming read for young basketball fans. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-11)"
A picture-book account of a historic, secret basketball matchup in the Jim Crow South. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 20, 2009

"A serviceable treatment of the topic, useful for classrooms and families. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Omololu introduces the concept of time zones by depicting the slice-of-life activities of nine families in ten global cities. Read full book review >

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RANDY THE DAYDREAMING DOG by Jan Graveline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A perfect choice for those who value weak potty humor, a hollow story and uninspiring animation and interaction. Others would do well to set their alarms before this dream takes shape. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After his master leaves for work, a dog passes the time by daydreaming. Read full book review >

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HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON SHIVERMORE STREET by Pam Pollack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A Halloween tale with verve and a good sense of humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three intrepid trick-or-treaters attend a party at the last house on Shivermore Street, where every hour, masked partygoers take part in a different ghoulishly fun activity. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"History that's fun to read…and important. (authors' note, illustrator's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
On a train out of Denver in 1902, two old cowboys reminisce about the Old West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >