Search Results: "Ruth Young"


BOOK REVIEW

GOLDEN BEAR by Ruth Young
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A tune to which the text may be sung is included on the endpapers. (Picture book. 1-5)"
A simple rhymed text describes a preschooler's activities with a constant companion, a favorite toy. Read full book review >

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MY BEAUTIFUL FAILURE by Janet Ruth Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Despite the clever characterizations, the title says it all. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This account of a teen suicide-hotline volunteer is brimming with wry humor and whimsical charm, but as somber events unfold, that light tone feels uncomfortably inappropriate, as if it belongs to some other novel. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF MUSIC by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"What rings true is a lewdly funny scene in the school cafeteria ensues, and when the guilt-ridden son ditches his father to attend a concert with a friend. (Fiction. YA)"
In some ways, Young's creatively constructed debut harks back to an earlier era, when problems often took precedence over people in YA novels. Read full book review >

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DAISY'S TAXI by Ruth Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Cavil: Pictorial details set the time now (and make the distance variable); the boat's lack of a motor is poetic, but unlikely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slight story about a sturdy woman who rows passengers and whatever else is needed to an island apparently off the coast of New England, with outstanding impressionistic doublespread illustrations that recall the evocative power of McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957, Caldecott Medal), though not its range. Read full book review >

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THE BABYSITTER MURDERS by Janet Ruth Young
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 26, 2011

"Teens who feel misunderstood will relate to Dani's struggles to maintain her reputation in a society that tends to view them with suspicion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Dani adores Alex, so why is she thinking about killing him? Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

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BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN'S SHADOW by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Wonderfully odd and cleverly informative. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
When a queen, looking severe in her ball gown, suddenly misses her shadow at her own ball, the visual capabilities of her guests are put to the test in this mystery infused with natural science. Read full book review >

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SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER by Ed Young
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Mystifying and ultimately uplifting, this book challenges all of us to seek out the dizzying scope of love. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
Startling collages of torn photos, cut paper and calligraphy seek to describe love's many forms and feelings through comparisons found in nature. Read full book review >

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A FEW BLOCKS by Cybèle  Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Amazing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young's latest attempts to be many things—a foray into a child's imagination, a touching tale of siblings and a stage for the author's elaborate paper sculptures—and it succeeds masterfully in doing all three. Read full book review >

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HOOK by Ed Young
Kirkus Star
by Ed Young, illustrated by Ed Young
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Arresting and absorbing, this tale soars. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unusual bird soars through striking art and powerful imagery. Read full book review >

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THE SONS OF THE DRAGON KING by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Terrific in conjunction with an art program—less successful as a story on its own. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
The illustrations outshine the story in this traditional Chinese tale of how the Dragon King helps each of his nine sons find a way to exploit his personal attributes to the overall benefit of the people. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE GREAT MOUNTAINS by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

It's uncanny how much handmade paper, torn and painted just the right way, can resemble clouds, or how its texture mimics a craggy mountainside. Read full book review >