Search Results: "Sally Grindley"


BOOK REVIEW

SPILLED WATER by Sally Grindley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 4, 2004

"A well-developed page-turner with a somewhat idealistic ending as Uncle welcomes Lu Si-Yan home, ever remorseful for his role in her harsh, difficult life and her mother's ultimate death. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When Lu Si-Yan's father dies and her mother suffers a breakdown, her selfish, old-fashioned Uncle sells her to the wealthy Chen family as a servant. Read full book review >

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WHO IS IT? by Sally Grindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A playfully tongue-in-cheek game to tickle readers' fancies. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Several classic fairy tales receive a topsy-turvy retelling in this cheerfully irreverent collection of short tales. Read full book review >

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BRAVO, MAX! by Sally Grindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2007

Continuing the exchange of notes and postcards begun in Dear Max (2006), renowned children's author D.J. Lucas and her greatest fan, young Max, provide mutual support in the course of another busy year. Read full book review >

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WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"1997, etc.) relies, this time, on sweetness over substance. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This series of truncated vignettes on friendship does not add up to a story. Read full book review >

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DEAR MAX by Sally Grindley
by Sally Grindley, illustrated by Tony Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"A tribute to the power of letter-writing and imagination. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Nine-year-old Max strikes up a friendship with his favorite author, D.J. Lucas in this epistolary novel. Read full book review >

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IT’S MY SCHOOL by Sally Grindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Including Dad as the parental focus is another realistic touch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Alice eagerly awaits the start of kindergarten, while older brother Tom is not so eager to have her attend the same school, more concerned about how she will embarrass him. Read full book review >

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WHERE ARE MY CHICKS? by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The double-paged, full-bleed spreads are so vibrantly colored that they could be seen from across a room, making this a great group read-aloud. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A case of missing chicks turns into an exuberant romp for young readers as barnyard animals help a mom find her wayward offspring. Read full book review >

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THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE by Sally Grindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Just right for aspiring young magicians. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grindley (Where Are My Chicks?, 2002, etc.) retells the classic tale with only a slight nod to the familiar Disney version and little of the special magic of Nancy Willard with Leo and Diane Dillon, who made the apprentice a young woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"But the busy double-paged spreads offer plenty to pore over while presenting a pleasant, pastoral world, making it likely that many readers will be willing to overlook the slight storyline and somewhat stilted text and just enjoy another outing with Grandpa and the cubs. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Grandpa Bear mumbles his way through the long-awaited picnic in this follow-up to No Trouble at All (2002). Read full book review >

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WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"A wry and gentle book of friendship and discovery. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old and young meet for an exchange of life's lessons in this latest offering from Grindley (The Big Crocodile Book, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BIG CROCODILE BOOK by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 1993

"Still, a varied, inviting offering. (Anthology. 10-13)"
A cheery collection of verse, folktales, original stories, jokes, and miscellaneous facts about this rough-hewn reptile—seen as a calm predator in Carroll's ``How Doth the Little Crocodile''; as a friendly host in the Ugandan ``Hare and Crocodile'' (a visiting hare eats Crocodile's eggs); as a greedy fool in W. J. Corbett's ``Umbopa and the Crocodile''; and even, in the Punjabi ``The King of the Crocodiles,'' as a powerful magical being. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SULKY VULTURE by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The incongruity is confusing; by the end of this story, readers will likely be just as sulky as Boris. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Recalcitrant youngsters will recognize themselves in Grindley's (No Trouble At All, p. 882, etc.) hard-to-please hero ("Head pulled down, shoulders hunched up, toes curled in, Boris the vulture was sulking") and catch on quickly to Grindley's predictable story structure. Read full book review >