Books by Stacy Curtis

KARATE KAKAPO by Loredana Cunti
Released: April 2, 2019

"'Ka-ka-POW' indeed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kakapo is an avid martial arts student. Read full book review >
TO BE A CAT by Matt Haig
Released: June 11, 2013

"Simultaneously predictable and quirky, this will likely appeal to the author's fans but may not attract new readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This offbeat tale offers an uneasy mix of magical transformation, violence and bullying, and the dreary misery of family dysfunction. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON STONE by Dian Curtis Regan
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Sticklers for accuracy about the Triassic Period may have trouble with the premise, but most newly independent readers will look forward to more encounters with dinosaurs, humans and the first mammals as the series continues. (illustrated cast of characters, map) (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Someday, Miggy wants to tell a story that will make everyone say, "Wow!" Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Bizarre" barely covers some of the wacky incidents Tocher gathers from baseball history. A trainer inserted a severed ear into "Sweet Lou" Johnson's abdomen after a bus accident (for temporary safekeeping), and it was never removed. Mets outfielder Joe Christopher was able to move his cap around by wriggling his ears. Ineffective Giants hurler Cliff Melton tipped off batters to his pitches during his delivery because his ears were so big they blocked out the stands behind his head. And that's just "All Ears," the first of nine thematic "Innings," each presented as a set of simply drawn cartoon panels threaded with terse commentary and the occasional punchline. Though a little knowledge of the game will make it easier to appreciate some of these feats and mishaps, even nonfans will wince at the account of a fan who was hit by a foul ball twice during the same at-bat, marvel at the achievements of one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott and laugh at the generally futile attempts to catch balls (or in one messy case, a grapefruit) dropped from the top of the Washington Monument, a passing stunt plane and other high points. An easy pitch, particularly to reluctant or inexpert readers. (Nonfiction browsing item. 9-11)Read full book review >
Released: March 4, 2010

Best friends Raymond and Graham bring their usual antics to the game of baseball in their annual attempt to win the Millcreek Little League Championship (Raymond and Graham Rule the School, 2009). The class bully is on the rival team, and it will take all of the dynamic duo's best efforts to make the most of their advantages and overcome the difficulties ahead. The increased pressure from female spectators' presence really gets to Raymond, especially when yellow Gatorade spills down the front of his uniform pants. Learning the coaching signs provides added opportunities for confusion as the games progress. While Raymond worries, Graham has confidence to spare in his baseball skills (and most everything else). Both boys are learning the ins and outs of the game, but the humor inherent in their interactions goes far beyond baseball. Knudson's focus on sports adds some flair to a series that is already winning fans and providing enjoyment for third- and fourth-grade readers who like the slightly larger-than-usual font, the short chapters and Curtis's appealing illustrations. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

Raymond and best friend Graham have been looking forward to fourth grade since they were first graders, when they were mightily impressed by the big kids. It's their turn now and, not surprisingly, being fourth graders isn't quite the unfettered glory they had anticipated. No humorous incident is too low to be recounted, as when Raymond eats a whole jar of prunes, nor too gross, as he also tries kissing as a means to get sick with a cold and get out of the class play. Embarrassment is best handled with a friend at your side, and the devotion these two have for each other makes the worst tolerable. Kids moving on from Herbie Jones or Owen Foote will find this new series right up their alley. Teachers, parents and especially girls are depicted not so much as individual people but as a boys'-eye-view of the generic of the species—but the skimpy character development seems to be the point. The authors draw a bead on the fourth-grade funny bone and hit a bull's-eye. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >