Books by Michael Crowley

SHACK AND BACK by Michael Crowley
Released: April 1, 1993

The crew that made friends with The New Kid on Spurwink Ave. (1992) is back with another story exploring the gap between supposition and reality. This time, after Crater makes a tactless remark about ``sissy-girls,'' the gang splits up. But when the Broad Cove Bullies accost the three boys, tease them about their association with the four girls, and challenge them to a race (``your gang's fastest rider against ours...Losers wash winners' bikes''), truth strikes: only T-Ball has a chance of winning, and she's still miffed. Still, her own loyalty and the boys' belated diplomacy help her come around in time to win. The kids are amusingly characterized in Carter's energetic, freely rendered watercolors; their lively dialogue is the book's strongest suit. Fine for reading aloud or alone, a story that's entertaining enough to carry its rather obvious message. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
NEW KID ON SPURWINK AVE. by Michael Crowley
Released: April 1, 1992

Mom insists, so the kids try to welcome Leonard to their neighborhood, but he has no use for their imaginative games: ``Naw, man, it's just the dumb dog,'' he points out when they urge him to ``Lasso that ol' steer.'' Meanwhile, Carter's lively illustrations show Leonard engrossed with rope, gears, and other paraphernalia of the young engineer. Sure enough, he turns out to have a garage full of his inventions, including a working vehicle that moves the story into fantasy. It's presented without subtlety, but first-time author Crowley gives his kids lively, believable dialogue; and while more plausible technology (especially in the illustrations) might have intrigued more, the book will entertain. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >