Search Results: "Adam Jortner"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2011

"A well-researched, skillfully written history."
A dual biography that also serves as a myth-busting history of Indian-Caucasian relationships within what became the continental United States. Read full book review >

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NAUGHTY KITTY! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Funny enough to create sincere longings for a hapless house cat and its large rampaging cousin. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Is Lily's soft, tiny kitty wreaking havoc, or might there be an escaped tiger lurking about? Read full book review >

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TROLL AND THE OLIVER by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nicely tuned to a preschool sense of the ridiculous. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A clever—and impossibly cute—child thwarts a bumbling beast at every turn. Read full book review >

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SILLY DOGGY! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Funny enough, but it won't have much staying power. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Lily's new pet is a real handful. Read full book review >

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ME AND MEOW by Adam Gudeon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"More. (Picture book/early reader. 2-6)"
Gudeon's picture-book debut is high on style and charm as it introduces Me and Meow, a little girl and her cat, in a beginning-reader-friendly tale. Read full book review >

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FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Making Judy Sierra's Monster Goose (2001), illustrated by Jack E. Davis, look like an exercise in restraint, here's a read-aloud candidate sure to elicit loud screams—but not of fright. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstrous menu of misadventures, from the towering appetizer concocted by Frankenstein—a green-skinned Fred Gwynne in Rex's detail-rich, superbly over-the-top illustrations—to the Japanese-inflected closer, "Godzilla Pooped on my Honda." Read full book review >

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MONKEY BROTHER by Adam Auerbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"In the end it won't be hard to feel empathy for both kids, doing their best to get along. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Coping with a younger, rambunctious, adoring sibling is reflected in a child's complaining yet fond lament. Read full book review >

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EDDA by Adam Auerbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"While this will introduce readers to aspects of Norse mythology, there's not enough detail to satisfy; the questions this will raise far outweigh any comfort those new to school may gain from it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wagner's operas inspired this Valkyrie-themed look at the first day of school. Read full book review >

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FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Some of the humor will resonate more with adults than kids, but there's something in here for just about everyone—even a grouchy raven. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
A snort-inducing companion to 2006's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Rex's return to horror-poetry finds the green-skinned monster getting ready for his wedding, complete with a comic-strip visit to his future mother-in-law ("I'm not trying to be mean, but I never thought my little girl would be marrying someone green") and best man Dracula encountering garlic bread at the buffet. Read full book review >

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NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fruitful in every sense of the word. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As page after page uses rhymes and puns to celebrate fruits, an orange, who is sadly aware of its nonrhyming name, provides commentary that encompasses a wide range of emotions—ending with a feeling of acceptance from the greater fruit community. Read full book review >

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SLAM! by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Not a lullaby by any stretch, but good for a guffaw. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy slams a door. This is not late-breaking news. Read full book review >

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PING WANTS TO PLAY by Adam Gudeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This playful story offers plenty of support to new readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ping and Pong are canine companions who demonstrate caring cooperation in this pleasant, predictable story for emergent readers. Read full book review >