Search Results: "Alex James"


BOOK REVIEW

BIT OF A BLUR by Alex James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A rock bio with snap."
A breezy, boozy account of an explosive moment in pop music. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"It's funny, but as a book for beginning readers—which it's billed as—it misses the mark. (Early reader. 6-9)"
When Pigsticks, a pig with wanderlust, teams up with Harold the hamster, anything can happen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION ROBOT STORM by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Snow joke. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Does the world, or at least Great Britain, need saving? Call on the hirsute heroes of the Mythical 9th Division! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PENGUIN'S HIDDEN TALENT by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Quirky, with a side of self-esteem. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Everybody has some kind of talent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO CRIED NINJA by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
No one believes Tim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Wild and wonderful. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Near the Mbuno Hills in Africa, a troop of competitive monkeys learn a lesson in creativity from savvy Elephant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUSEHUNTER by Alex Milway
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A good choice for reluctant readers who don't mind their books on the thick side. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
In a dangerous, pirate-infested port city, Emiline, only 12 but already a skilled mousekeeper, looks after the valuable mice her mysterious employer collects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

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PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE PIRATE TREASURE by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A silly gem of a chapter book. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Pig Pigsticks and hamster Harold return for a third installment of their odd-couple story for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAY! by Alex Latimer
by Alex Latimer, illustrated by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike—and it comes with value-added dog-training tips. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if your dog just won't? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One wonders, too, about the choice of 'Jungle' for the title, since the setting, depicted in charming endpaper maps, appears to be a savanna. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Imbuing a game of "Telephone" with elements of Chicken Little's hysteria, Beard focuses on the animals dwelling around a watering hole in a fictive African landscape. Read full book review >