Search Results: "Stephen Twilley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST TRUE LIE by Marina Mander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"An interesting protagonist makes this worth a look, but the novel doesn't so much end as stop."
A slim but elegantly carved look into the inner life of an orphaned child. Read full book review >

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THE PROFESSOR AND THE SIREN by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Three entertaining sketches, though mostly of interest to fans of The Leopard."
Three parablelike pieces of short fiction from Lampedusa (1896-1957), best known for The Leopard (1958), his sweeping novel about Sicilian aristocracy. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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THE THREE TRICERATOPS TUFF by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Dino lovers will be charmed; others may want to stick with the more traditional goats, like those of Mary Finch's 2001 title. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-7)"
This version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" will satisfy dinosaur lovers who just cannot get their fill of their favorite prehistoric beasts. Read full book review >

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MAL AND CHAD by Stephen McCranie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Some readers will come for the heartbreak, others will come for the forest of cupcake trees, but everyone will be cheered by the happy ending, which involves the 'biggest, bestest bark ever!' (Graphic novel. 8-11)"
There are some literary characters you wish were real, so that you could be friends with them, and Mal and Chad may belong on that list. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S WALRUS? by Stephen  Savage
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Refreshing, captivating, elegant and witty. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's another slow day at the zoo—not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DOG IS A DOG by Stephen Shaskan
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Young animal lovers are in for a treat. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quirky quartet of amusing animals. Read full book review >

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WINTER TOWN by Stephen Emond
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Compelling, honest and true—this musing about art and self-discovery, replete with pitch-perfect dialogue, will have wide appeal. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Two childhood friends struggle to preserve their relationship as it evolves into a romance amid a host of pressures in this remarkable illustrated work of contemporary fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIFT OF DAYS by Stephen Alcorn
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"While there is an index and a brief biographical listing for each, there are no citations for the quotations, which is a lamentable omission. (Reference. 8-14)"
Beautifully designed and imaginatively conceptualized, this volume presents 366 days and 366 quotations from famous people, tagged to the days they were born. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIDE by Stephen Gammell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Clearly not. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Gumpy's quarrelsome crew has nothing on this pair of siblings, dragged out by their parents for a pleasant drive. Read full book review >

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THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Stephen Carpenter
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1998

"The artwork matches the story: The characters are suitably menacing, quivering, or stalwart, and the perspectives allow readers to be right there in the thick of the action. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In this entry in the Growing Tree series, the publisher copyrights the text, while Carpenter provides illustrations for the story; here, the three billy goats named Gruff play on a nasty troll's greed to get where the grass is greenest. Read full book review >