Search Results: "Adam Rex"


BOOK REVIEW

CHU'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Overlooking (again) the association of Chinese names with a tired joke, this may put a few first-day fears to rest, and it will probably also cause some tension-relieving laughter. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Gaiman continues his sneeze pun in this look at a worried panda cub's first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOONDAY by Adam Rex
Kirkus Star
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The moon follows a girl home, takes up residence in her yard and stays put—keeping the sun from rising and the town stuck in a drowsy stupor. Enchanting language and a jaw-dropping premise place readers under a similar somnolent spell. Read full book review >

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SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This sequel shares the strengths of its predecessor: the loving friendship between Tip and J.Lo, the respect for the absurd, and the social consciences of the teen protagonist and her ET BFF. (Science fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity "Tip" Tucci doesn't see why her mom won't let a 13-year-old who saved the world take an off-planet vacation.Read full book review >

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CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"King Arthur, were he dead, might spin in his grave, but Rex brings his cereal serial to a close with snap, crackle and pop aplenty. (plethora of illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Sorceress Nimue's mad scheme to transport the Seelie Court to New Jersey with help from swarms of breakfast-cereal sugar zombies comes to fruition in this capper to the Cold Cereal Saga. Read full book review >

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UNLUCKY CHARMS by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A mad mix of attacks, chases, squabbles and revelations goose the main plot along while setting the stage nicely for the closer. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this hectic middle volume, Rex's notably diverse crew of human, part-human and nonhuman allies splits up in hopes of scotching the schemes of the sorceress Nimue, who is out to create a worldwide army of mind-controlled "sugar zombies" through magically enhanced breakfast cereal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A massive explosion at the end only sets that evil scheme back a bit; stay tuned for further strange and exhilarating developments. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A motley assortment of human experimental subjects and faerie exiles take on a New Jersey cereal company run by eldritch management for nefarious purposes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FAT VAMPIRE by Adam Rex
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Nevertheless, horror chills, humor, crisp prose and excellent secondary teen characters make this one fun read. (Humor/horror. YA)"
Teen vampires are a dime a dozen nowadays, but how many attend Comic-Con? Read full book review >

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THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Inspired but problematic. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Gratuity Tucci ("Tip" for short) has a problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PSSST! by Adam Rex
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Endpaper maps expertly matched to the pastedown flaps sandwich this gleefully postmodern romp. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As if more proof were needed that Adam Rex has a strange and goofy mind, here's a visit to a meta-fictional zoo with some uncommonly crafty residents. Read full book review >