Search Results: "Andy Rowland"


BOOK REVIEW

ESTHER'S HANUKKAH DISASTER by Jane Sutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Not a great choice for this year's holiday list. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Esther the gorilla chooses a batch of inappropriate Hanukkah gifts in this misguided tale. Read full book review >

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IF IT RAINS PANCAKES by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Wonderfully crafted and illustrated: a delightful, effective primer for budding poets. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
An engaging lantern poem and haiku how-to for young readers. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING SURE SMELLS AROUND HERE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Inviting illustrations and offbeat topics showcase limericks aplenty for amusement or poetic inspiration. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Cleary presents 26 limericks (and, tantalizingly, half of a 27th) for kids. Read full book review >

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BOW-TIE PASTA by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and spirited, though there's nothing subtle about this wily collection of puzzler poems. (further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Master punster Cleary and illustrator Rowland again join forces (Something Sure Smells Around Here, 2015, etc.) to explore a light poetic form.Read full book review >

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ODE TO A COMMODE by Brian P. Cleary
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Signature silliness from Cleary and Rowland abounds in this children's celebration of concrete poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In this second Poetry Adventures outing, poet Cleary and illustrator Rowland (If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems, 2014) again team up to explore a poetic form well suited for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE NELLY'S BIG BOOK by Pippa Goodhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Though the book has lots of potential, it ultimately falls flat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Nelly reads a book that leads her to conclude that she is a mouse, because she is gray and has big ears and a skinny tail. Read full book review >

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IN OPEN SPACES by Russell Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2002

"Prose pretty much stripped of graces remains useful for this unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority."
A heartfelt debut in which a Montana ranch family battles both Mother Nature and human nature. Read full book review >

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HENRY HUBBLE'S BOOK OF TROUBLES by Andy Myer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"For readers who've exhausted the Wimpy Kid series, an acceptable follow-up. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Middle schooler Henry Harrison Hubble keeps an occasional "pretty personal" journal, but when it's stolen and pages are posted on social media, he has to take drastic action. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS ALL AFLUTTER! by Andy Runton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2011

"New format, new look, same 'Aw, shucks' story, art and characters. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Graphic novelist Runton trades off page count for picture-book-bright hues and tones in his first all-color Owly story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU A HORSE? by Andy Rash
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"It's silliness without sweetness or charm, and the surprise ending falls flat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cowboy Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, complete with instructions: Find a horse and go for a ride. Read full book review >

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AGENT A TO AGENT Z by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom this isn't, but some of the rhymes are clever, and there's a movie in miniature, or at least a familiar scenario, on nearly every page. (Picture book. 7-8)"
Pairing a rhymed text to digitally colored "Spy-vs.-Spy" style cartoons, Rash sends a secret agent out on a quest to find the ringer among his 25 associates. Read full book review >

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VARMINTS by Andy Hirsch
by Andy Hirsch, illustrated by Andy Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Yee-haw! Pa never does show up, but there are plainly more misadventures in store before trail's end. (Graphic Western. 11-13)"
Two children get into one pickle after another as they search the Old West for their elusive dad. Read full book review >