Search Results: "Alan Snow"


BOOK REVIEW

WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA! by Alan Snow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"There's foolery aplenty, but this is the sort of sequel that offers more of the same rather than any new twists or developments. (partial cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More cheese-centric shenanigans take the multispecies cast of Here Be Monsters (2006) far from the town of Ratbridge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS by Alan Snow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"But even those who dislike cats may not be in the audience for this one—it is too mild to be amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This companion to How Dogs Really Work (1993) explains that cats originate on Planet Nip, that they are here in a struggle for world domination, etc. The tone is tongue in cheek throughout, but the text itself is not very funny; the endless explanations will bore preschoolers, and older readers can find funnier stuff on their own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"The next episode can't come too soon. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Interspersed with hundreds of intricately detailed vignettes, this loony escapade introduces one of the most engaging casts in years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"EWSLUGp2006, illus by Carin Berger, or other similar gatherings of imaginary creatures. (Poetry. 9-11)"
Perry and Snow join a time-honored tradition with this gallery of annoying but elusive beasts, from the titular crusher of bagged junk food to the Scary-Hair Fairy and the nocturnal Snorist: "That sound is the Snorist. / It means that he chose / to sneak with his tuba inside your dad's nose." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON A TALL TALL CLIFF by Andrew Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"Children may not remember the story long, but they'll definitely pore over the pictures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Beneath a rickety town perched precariously atop chalky cliffs, sheep graze as vacationers mingle with rock climbers, a pirate, nesting birds and others, while in the equally populous underwater world, a shark is smitten with a submarine, scuba divers explore and a huge crab snags a fishing net, among other business. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOOD, THE BAT, AND THE UGLY by Paul Magrs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"Casually savage, and a little slow off the mark, this isn't going to draw a crowd of readers, but some might be amused. (Fiction. YA)"
Snow's vignettes of brutally dismembered sock puppets, plus a literally hellish plot twist toward the end, keep this satiric import afloat—just. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"After children finish chortling, they may be tempted to design their own thingamajigs in the wake of this droll debut. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
Enlisting the aid of Snow, creator of the modern classic, How Dogs Really Work (1993), Perry addresses a dozen common problems, from losing a shoe to carrying multiple packages in the rain, from walking a pet giraffe to cleaning between one's toes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW DOGS REALLY WORK! by Alan Snow
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"De gustibus. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Cutaway cartoons reveal that the Dog is really filled with levers, pistons, tubes, vats, memory banks, sniff motors, and waste disposal plumbing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN BRITAIN BURNED THE WHITE HOUSE by Peter Snow
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"With ample quotes from English letters and diaries, Snow ably brings out the humanity of his subjects."
Veteran journalist Snow (To War with Wellington, 2010, etc.) novelistically recounts the British invasion of 1814. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2010

"An accomplished historian with a welcome personal touch."
Former longtime American Heritage editor Snow (Coney Island: A Postcard Journey to the City of Fire, 1983, etc.) examines the Atlantic theater of World War II, where his father fought. Read full book review >