Search Results: "Alex Ries"


BOOK REVIEW

ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the premise is cool, what's delivered is too short on the shock, mind-boggling and bizarre-originality factors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIX IT, SAM by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A loving tribute to brothers everywhere; may Sam's stories continue. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Toddler Petey's hero is his brother Sam, who can fix anything, as he proves again and again in the brothers' latest outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNK WIG by Lori Ries
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"This positive and upbeat approach to coping with cancer will be a welcome addition—younger than, but complimentary to Patricia Polacco's The Lemonade Club (2007). (Picture book. 5-8)"
A serious illness is given a lighthearted and encouraging treatment as a young boy relates how his mother is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Read full book review >

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

MRS. FICKLE’S PICKLES by Lori Ries
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"The simplicity of this breezy rural story will invite repeat readings and a slurp or two of anticipation. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ries follows a pickle grower step-by-step from buying the seed to eating the pickles she loves. 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

SKY RUN by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Wise and wonderful, this is the archetypal Hero's Journey laced with gentle satire. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A hero's tale set in an alternate world. Read full book review >