Search Results: "Adam Gustavson"


BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY RATS? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not particularly convincing as a reclamation project but generally informative and easy on the eyes. (online resources) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Smithsonian mammal specialist makes a bid to clean up the rat's rotten rep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROCK AND ROLL HIGHWAY by Sebastian Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A thorough chronicling of a musical trailblazer—though probably too thorough for most in the typical picture-book audience. (timeline, interview) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Guitarist Robbie Robertson's son presents his father's journey to rock-'n'-roll fame. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE SQUEAKING SKULL by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Life is the best teacher, and if Charlie can survive all the troubles that come his way, maybe others can too. (Fiction. 7-10) "
Award-winning storyteller Harley serves up hilarious high jinks squirming with Halloween trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers will be waiting to see how Charlie faces his next challenge in a series that marks a lovely change of pace from the sarcasm of Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Charlie Bumpers is doomed. The one teacher he never wanted in the whole school turns out to be his fourth-grade teacher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A fascinating introduction to a little-known hero. (author's note, sources, afterward) (Picture book/biography.6-12)"
At a time when deaf people were routinely called "Dummy," William Hoy accepted and owned the nickname proudly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROUGH, TOUGH CHARLEY by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Gustavson's well-paced, rich oil-painting illustrations and a concluding time line add life and depth to the clip-clop content. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Charley Parkhurst was a legend in his own time—a taciturn but well-respected, fearless stagecoach driver whose professional services were much in demand (although personally, people found him odd). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOHN HANCOCK CLUB by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"A good addition to themes on school. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Borden's latest school-related book tackles the excitement and nervousness that surrounds every third-grader learning to write in cursive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALICO DORSEY by Susan Lendroth
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"An author's note provides a photo of Dorsey with his mail pouches and good historical information, including the fact that Nellie is fictional. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Set in the silver-mining camps of California's Mojave Desert in 1885, this is the semi-factual story of Dorsey, a remarkable Border collie who carried the United States mail between Bismarck and Calico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE A+ CUSTODIAN by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"A nifty slice-of-school that children will recognize—and a terrific paean to the often-unsung heroes of upkeep and repair. (Picture book. 5-8)"
John Carillo is the custodian at Dublin Elementary and has been for many years—children can always hear the jingle of his keys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAB FOUR FRIENDS by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"First steps on the long and winding road. (author's note, endnotes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Four Liverpool lads determinedly dope out how to play their instruments and then make beautiful music together just in time for…Beatlemania! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE REALLY NICE GNOME by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Charlie's fans will be psyched to see that Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull is scheduled for fall 2014. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Charlie Bumpers knows the role he wants in the fourth-grade class play: Evil Sorcerer Kragon. What does he get? The Nice Gnome. Boogers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VERY IMPROBABLE STORY by Edward Einhorn
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Aside from its rather sluggish start, this is solid math that also teaches children about its applicability in the wider world. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The latest of the Charlesbridge Math Adventures tackles the idea of probability. Read full book review >