Search Results: "Tory Johnson"


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THE SHIFT by Tory Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Nothing groundbreaking, but a candid and inspiring true story of conquering obesity."
One woman's journey of weight loss. Read full book review >

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Jacob and Lace by Tory Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A poignant tale of friendship with realistic and admirable young characters facing some of life's most difficult and complex issues."
A young boy and his sick mother find family and refuge in Idaho. Read full book review >

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FIRST FRIDAY by Tory Hartmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"A witty, sensitive story that will satisfy discerning fans of family dramas."
A comic examination of a large Irish family's struggle to maintain their old-fashioned religious and cultural traditions in modern-day California. Read full book review >

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ROGER TORY PETERSON'S ABC OF BIRDS by Linda Westervelt
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A noted ornithologist contributes some stunning full-color illustrations and photographs to a disappointing book that introduces one bird for almost every letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Bound to become a must-have app for tech-savvy birders."
Peterson's Field Guides were made to be taken, quite literally, into the field to help birdwatchers and nature lovers quickly identify specimens that often appear and disappear in a matter of seconds. It remains to be seen whether Appweavers' new iPhone and iPad app of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt classic will improve on the book's utility, but several of the app's features, however, suggest they might. Read full book review >

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The Adventures of Jack and Rugby by Tory Beale
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"An often engaging children's story of a rugged, exhausting day in the mountains with two dog friends."
In the fourth installment in Beale and Messer's (The Adventures of Jack and Rugby: Best Friends, 2011, etc.) children's book series, two dogs embark on a mountainside adventure. Read full book review >

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RUFUS AT WORK by Tory Taber
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"While the antics of this antithesis of Rotten Ralph are true-to-life feline, this switch of a tale is pretty contented, mellow and tame. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There's no doubt about Rufus being a fat cat but when his pet owner Posy playfully asks, "Rufus you fat cat, what good are you," he describes how hard he works to help her, listing a string of good things, while the illustrations reveal the real story. 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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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"That Peter Rabbit's mischief was written down first for a real child will make that story all the more powerful to readers, and may be their first acquaintance with literary history. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-8037-2051-3 Johnson enchantingly recounts for the picture-book audience the well-known story of the origins of Beatrix Potter's first book. Read full book review >