Books by Garry Parsons

GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >
GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >
STUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"The puddle doesn't look all that gooey in the pictures, but this will still make a splash, both with groups and audiences of one. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fine fare for children who think grown-ups are big sillies, this cumulative barnyard tale features a chick in a mud puddle and a lengthening string of helpful animals who get stuck trying to pull him out. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Read full book review >
TROUBLE AT THE DINOSAUR CAFE by Brian Moses
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Sure to be a favorite. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Moses's latest turns into a rollicking rhyming showdown when Tyrannosaurus shows up to eat at the old-fashioned diner. Read full book review >
BILLY’S BUCKET by Kes Gray
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative boy gets a bucket for his birthday, and when he fills it with water, a deep sea-world emerges. Read full book review >