Search Results: "Tony Johnston"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BARN OWLS by Tony Johnston
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A glimpse into the hidden campestral world of the elusive barn owl. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Johnston (An Old Shell, 1999, etc.), poetic phrases that follow a ghostly barn owl through days and nights, suns and moons. Read full book review >

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BONE BY BONE BY BONE by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Even with scanty plot or narrative arc, this is a highly appealing and chilling read for history buffs and fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In 1951, 12-year-old David lives with his father and grandmother in the South. Read full book review >

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WINTER IS COMING by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This gentle, lyrical celebration of the natural world will reward similarly observant readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Armed with a sketchbook and patience, a young girl watches animals from a platform in a tree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEQUOIA by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Minor's paintings are glorious; the textual conceit is a little overdone. (Picture book. 3-7)
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A giant sequoia experiences the world around "him" in Johnston's romantic, image-laden, anthropomorphic rendering of the life experiences of the largest tree on the planet. Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"Skip. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A redheaded boy imagines the fun he will have in first grade if he just has five friends to share it with. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT WITH SEVEN NAMES by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Children will likely enjoy this visit to a newly united neighborhood, even if the catalyst for its creation is more device than distinct individual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A friendly cat worms his way into the affections of a number of neighbors, gains new names (and enough extra meals to pack on a few pounds), and eventually brings together residents new and old. Read full book review >

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LAUGH-OUT-LOUD BABY by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Enjoy it for the delicious, read-aloud text, but hide the illustrations. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Johnston captures the beauty of a baby's first laugh and a family's subsequent joy in this sweet celebration of one of life's loveliest milestones. Read full book review >

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STICKY PEOPLE by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Still, this is certain to find a willing audience among those children who just can't seem to stay clean. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Johnston's latest is an illustrated rhyme celebrating the sticky wonder that is childhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"A 'pure-dee' delight for storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tall-tale version of the invention of blue jeans by a New York peddler who came late to the California gold rush but saw a need and filled it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KENYA CHRISTMAS by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Includes a glossary of terms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original tale set in Kenya, an old man named Juma recounts the story of a special Christmas when he was ten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNSETS OF THE WEST by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"A richly rewarding journey. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The travels of a family from Maine are chronicled in the sights, smells, and sounds of their wagon journey. Read full book review >

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A SMALL THING . . . BUT BIG by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Hooper's charming illustrations make Lizzie's brave walk an absolute delight. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A child overcomes her fear of dogs—and finds that even small steps forward can be big. Read full book review >