Books by Colin Jack

GNOME-A-GEDDON by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"In the end, the lampoon falls victim to its own sense of irony, making Buck feel like a secondary character in someone else's story and not quite a protagonist in his own. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As the title indicates, a novel that attempts to subvert and poke fun at fantasy tropes. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >
DRAGONS FROM MARS by Deborah Aronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bust. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it (fiery breath and all). Read full book review >
THE PRIZEWINNERS OF PIEDMONT PLACE by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"The hero is really the entire family in this somewhat labored but cockle-warming series kickoff. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Eleven-year-old Cal resorts to extreme measures to rope his reluctant family into taking a chance to win a shopping spree in the local megastore. Read full book review >
UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >
THAT'S NOT BUNNY! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A disappointing effort, particularly when compared to Barton's much more entertaining and creative Shark vs. Train. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hawk with deplorable aim seems fated to become an unhappy vegetarian. Read full book review >
A PIRATE'S MOTHER GOOSE by Nancy I. Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nit-picking aside, here be a collection that pint-sized pirates will be pleased to return to again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Mother Goose exchanges sweet niceties for cutlasses, eyepatches, and gold teeth galore in this piratical updating of nursery-rhyme favorites. Read full book review >
THE QUIRKS AND THE QUIRKALICIOUS BIRTHDAY by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This birthday-anxiety story is made fresh by both the twins' dynamics and the riddles. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The Quirk twins, about to turn 10, disagree about how to celebrate against a backdrop of magical mishaps. Read full book review >