Search Results: "Steve Gray"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE WAS AN OLD MUMMY WHO SWALLOWED A SPIDER by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"For preschoolers who want a Halloween book that is more silly than scary. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ward and Gray exchange the little old lady for an old mummy, and the book gets pleasantly goofy from there. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS AN OLD MONKEY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Ward uses a few too many creatures to maintain the attention of the toddler-and-preschool group, which would be the standard audience for the rhyme, but older children familiar with the original can wink at the slick, goofy art and enjoy the over-the-top comic scenario, perhaps as part of a rainforest unit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Old monkey swallows bits and pieces of the rainforest to a cumulative refrain, a rhythm and melody straight from that little old lady: "He swallowed the toucan to squawk at the bat. / He swallowed the bat right after the cocoa. / He swallowed the cocoa to sweeten the frog. / I don't know why he swallowed the frog. / What a hog!" Read full book review >

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AMELIA GRAY
by Rachel Sugar

If you know anything about Isadora Duncan, it is likely you know this: she was a modern dancer—not just any modern dancer, but the mother of modern dance—and she died, spectacularly, when her silk scarf (hand painted) caught in the wheel of an open automobile.

“When I tell people about Isadora,” says Amelia Gray, whose latest novel — titled ...


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WE ARE MORE THAN MACHINES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray

Cover Story: Trippy ‘Splosion
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Boy (Robot) Meets Girl
Bonus Factors: Space Colonies, Unlikely Team
Relationship Status: Stowaway

Cover Story: Trippy ‘Splosion

I feel like this book should have come with special 3D-like glasses that make the title ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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SUMMER, SUPERHEROES AND SUPERSTARS
by Bobbi Dumas

Everyone seen Wonder Woman yet? Yes? Good!

(No? Don’t tell me, just go see it.)

There have been so many great reviews written about this movie that I don’t need to pile anything on. (There’ve also been some awful reviews written about the movie, rebutted by some movie reviewers in articles worth reading, for anyone interested in such things. I ...


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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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BOOK REVIEW

STEADFAST by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"The eternal conflict between ends and means keeps the tension taut and the plot humming. Stay tuned. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
All's not well in Captive's Sound; the ancient evil Nadia and friends believed they'd vanquished has not only survived, their efforts have made it stronger than ever (Spellcaster, 2013). Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This trilogy opener offers solid entertainment for readers willing to go with the fictional flow. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A girl and her two possible heartthrobs travel across parallel universes to avenge her father's murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAY WITH ME by Mila Gray
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Pure wish fulfillment for readers seeking steamy escapism. (Fiction. 16 & up)"
Forbidden love cures all in Gray's latest, following Come Back to Me (2015). Read full book review >

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MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT by Spalding Gray
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"On paper, it's light, light entertainment as Gray disrobes again."
Gray (It's a Slippery Slope, 1997, etc.) is an indefatigable talker. Read full book review >

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WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM by Shelley Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"The last in Grey's Chicago World's Fair mysteries (Deception on Sable Hill, 2015, etc.) uses an anemic mystery and a far-fetched love story to explore her continuing theme of mismatched couples."
An unlikely pair finds love in the shadows of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Read full book review >