Books by Kevin Sylvester

FOLLOW YOUR STUFF by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2019

"A thought-provoking breakdown of the real cost of all our cheap stuff. (references, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Where does your stuff come from? That question is answered for five items in this chatty book. Read full book review >
GARGANTUA (JR!) by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2019

"Parenting skills come in handy even for immense, green, fire-breathing monsters. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A little kaiju yearns to join its mom in saving Earth and other good deeds. Read full book review >
BASKETBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"'Supercool' indeed. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A collection of basketball facts that extend knowledge of the game rather than simply pepper it with curios. Read full book review >
MINRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An infuriatingly wasteful sequel. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The children of Perses deal with more troubles. Read full book review >
GREAT by Glen Gretzky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fun and effort trump commercialization and competitiveness every time in sports, and this book tells a plain truth that Gretzky learned early. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you have a hankering for hockey, when the Gretzky family weighs in, sit up and listen. Read full book review >
MINRS by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Flawed in almost every way. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A group of brave colonists travel to Perses, the solar system's newest planetoid, to mine for materials to replace the Earth's depleted resources. Read full book review >
BASEBALLOGY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Still, as well as a browser's delight, a wide-angled, if fragmentary and heavily pixelated, overview of the sport as it was and is today. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Even confirmed students of the sport will have something to learn from this fannish assemblage of baseball facts and trivia. Read full book review >
NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE BARD'S BANQUET by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The constant suspense, innocent romance, a lovely recipe for scones, and the flamboyant, irrepressible chef will captivate fans of the series and impel new readers to the nearest bookstore or library. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Neil Flambé, 15-year-old culinary genius, contends with Shakespearean lore in this fifth addition to the mystery series that highlights his name (and sensitive nose). Read full book review >
FOLLOW YOUR MONEY by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Knowing why something costs so much might make you appreciate it, and the people who get it to you, more—and, perhaps, to act on that knowledge. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Ka-ching! The sound says it all, but it is only the end of a long journey, as Sylvester and Hlinka explain. Read full book review >
NEIL FLAMBÉ AND THE CRUSADER'S CURSE by Kevin Sylvester
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2012

"This is a funny book, chock full of action, slapstick, puns and eccentrics. Fans of the first two will eat it up. (Mystery. 12-14)"
This mystery/adventure, third in the series, begins in Vancouver, Canada, then takes a side trip to Paris, leaving a trail of amusement and mayhem. Read full book review >
SPLINTERS by Kevin Sylvester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

Hockey is Cindy Winters's love, and she's very good at it. Her parents are too poor to pay league fees, but Cindy does odd jobs to earn the money. Her mother's old equipment, though, makes her a laughingstock to the Blister Sisters, whose mother is the coach! When the all-star tryouts are held, led by the famed Charmaine Prince, the Blisters make sure Cindy can't be there. But her Fairy Goaltender appears, outfits her in white and gold, sends her off to the competition in a Zamboni and exhorts her to be off the ice when the final buzzer sounds. Cindy works brilliantly, but she is caught at the final buzzer with only one shiny skate. Sylvester's puckish (sorry) take on the Cinderella story is reflected in squiggly, exaggerated watercolor-and-ink pictures. Most of them float on the page as if on the ice, and this works wonderfully, from Cindy's parents' frozen basement apartment to the wide rink. The Fairy Goaltender, by the way, works her magic by whacking Cindy across the legs with her magic hockey stick. Goal! (Picture book. 5-9)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Gleefully providing ammunition for snarky readers eager to second-guess misguided beliefs and commands of grown-ups, Rondina dishes up the straight poop on dozens of topics from the cleanliness of a dog's mouth and the relationship (none) between French fries and acne to whether an earwig could really crawl into your ear and eat your brains. Since she cites no readily checkable sources—support for assertions comes in the form of quotations from experts in various fields, but there is no bibliography—it's hard to tell how accurate some of her claims are—it would be nice to have a citation to the JAMA studies that debunk the sugar-hyperactivity connection, for instance—and too often she provides only an unsatisfying "You Decide" instead of a clear "True" or "False." Still, it all makes painless reading equally suitable for casual dipping or reading straight through, and Sylvester's pen-and-ink spot art adds further light notes to every page. An extensive closing catalog of familiar "Parentisms"—"I'm not running a taxi service," "Because I said so, that's why," etc.—adds a chuckle-inducing lagniappe. (Informational ephemera. 9-11)Read full book review >