Search Results: "Russell Julian"


BOOK REVIEW

TEN PLAYFUL PENGUINS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Leave these penguins on the ice. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title implies, a counting book set at the zoo. Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE BLUEBIRDS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A cute and bright counting book that gets the job done. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Ten little bluebirds help young readers learn to count. Read full book review >

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GOAT AND DONKEY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"A companion title, Goat and Donkey in Strawberry Sunglasses (ISBN: 978-1-56148-572-7) features Goat getting his shopping list muddled with a similarly charming effect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Best friends collaborate on a surprising vacation. Read full book review >

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SPLITTING THE HERD by Trudy Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Julian's illustrations are bright, with cattle faces as friendly and expressive as the humans' and the occasional playful background detail, and a good fit with Harris's bouncy rhyming text, which is packed with lessons that go down easy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neighboring ranchers Emma and Kirby use simple arithmetic to keep their cattle sorted out. Read full book review >

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POCKET'S CHRISTMAS WISH by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The soft-focus illustrations are as syrupy as the self-congratulatory text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When his curiosity is piqued by the sight of a snow angel, a little rabbit traipses through the snowy countryside in search of the meaning of Christmas. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Zodiac (Book 1) by Romina Russell

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale:
 3
Talky Talk: Exposition Overload
Bonus Factor:
 Zodiac
Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Houses
Relationship Status: First Date Fizzle

 

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque

This reminds me of the artwork for many a scientific docu-series: neat to look at, but ...


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FOUR NEW SPORTY MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
by Leila Roy

While I’m not particularly up on real-life sports, well, EVER—I vaguely track various seasons by what uniforms my younger patrons are wearing, and that’s about it—reading fiction that’s centered around sports is a whole different ballgame.

*pauses for groans to subside*

So. Here are a few new and upcoming middle grade sports novels—one that I’ve read, and three more that ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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WOLF RUN by Julian Savarin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

"Smooth but undistinguished action-adventure."
Free-lance spy-turned-photographer Gordon Gallagher (Villiger, Naja) sets his supercharged, all-wheel-drive Audi in pursuit of his fiancÇe's murderers. Read full book review >

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JUNO & JULIET by Julian Gough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2001

"Irish newcomer Gough deftly captures the twins' youthful awe and giddy excitement during their freshman year, and though the plot ambles along fairly conventional paths, its course is stylistically nimble, intellectually unburdensome, and eminently companionable."
A smartly written, pleasantly conceived Irish variation on the girl-goes-to-college-and-comes-of-age story in which small-town twins learn to adore literature and the arts, fall in love, and through loss discover deeper truths. Read full book review >