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 >

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 >

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MUCKY DUCK by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Bath-phobic youngsters will identify with Ducky, and perhaps be persuaded by Grindley's good-natured humor to clean up their act. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A duck who likes to get dirty stars in Grindley's latest. Read full book review >

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A NEW ROOM FOR WILLIAM by Sally Grindley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Thompson's art, with its tender colors and wobbly lines, works well throughout the book, even softening that final blow. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It is a sad day for young William. Read full book review >

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NO TROUBLE AT ALL by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"A testament to unconditional grandparent love, inventively presented. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers will chuckle at the discrepancy between the text—in which Grandfather Bear describes how well-behaved his visiting grandbears are—and the illustrations, which clearly depict the little darlings getting into all sorts of mischief behind his back. 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 >