Search Results: "Rhonda Lucas Donald"


BOOK REVIEW

DINO TREASURES by Rhonda Lucas Donald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Donald is no Douglas Florian (Dinothesaurus, 2009), but even rabid young dino fans will come away with a clearer sense of what fossil clues tell us. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Dino Tracks (2013) adopts a broader purview, introducing in verse 13 things we can infer about dinosaurs from fossil and other evidence. Read full book review >

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DINO TRACKS by Rhonda Lucas Donald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Passable art and content, but the narrative presentation couldn't be worse. (map) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Donald gets the paleontology right in this introduction to fossilized tracks and trackways but crams it into verse that is, to put it mildly, dreadful. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An often engaging and intimate remembrance."
A woman explores how her hair has shaped her identity in this memoir. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON PIRATE by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Exhilarating pirate fare. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The terror of the seas is not flesh-and-blood; he's all skin-and-bones! Read full book review >

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THE ROBOT AND THE BLUEBIRD by David Lucas
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"The illustrations convey the robot's simple dignity, color, perspective and sequencing neatly choreographing the tale's emotional trajectory. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucas produces his most meditative work to date in a tale that reads like a mechanical improvement on Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince." Read full book review >

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CAKE GIRL by David Lucas
by David Lucas, illustrated by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Sweetly surreal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dreamlike episode explores the qualities of friendship. Read full book review >

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DANCING DINOS GO TO SCHOOL by Sally Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2006

"These dancing dinos have legs, and they ought to pop back out of their book for more rollicking adventures for new readers. (Easy reader. 4-7)"
Half a dozen lime-green dinosaurs are the stars of this delightful easy reader that offers most of the best qualities of the genre: rhyming text, a jolly rhythm, funny characters and lots of action. Read full book review >

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THE LYING CARPET by David Lucas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Fabulous (as in fablelike), this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it. (Fable. 8-12)"
Children are ready for philosophy at a very young age: "What is real?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit, after all. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO DO by David Lucas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While reminiscent of other imagination adventures like Harold and the Purple Crayon and Antoinette Portis's Not a Stick (2008), this stands out as a unique work because of its emotionally simple charm. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Little bear wakes up big bear, bouncing on its stomach and lamenting, "There's nothing to do." Read full book review >

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PROMPOSAL by Rhonda Helms
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Chick lit to the max. (Fiction. 12-18)"
High schoolers try to outdo one another in elaborate, romantic ways to pitch invitations to the prom. Read full book review >

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SLIGHTLY IRREGULAR by Rhonda Pollero
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 2012

"Lots of shopping, lots of steam, and if you don't blink, you might catch the mystery."
A trust-fund reject fights a crush on her hot boss by developing an even bigger crush on an even hotter private investigator. Read full book review >