Search Results: "Bill Slavin"


BOOK REVIEW

BIG TOP OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Nonthreatening, nonstop mayhem…next stop: Tinseltown! (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Otto the peanut-allergic elephant cracks another case. Read full book review >

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BIG STAR OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Otto's in Hollywood, but he doesn't care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie. Read full book review >

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MORGAN ON ICE by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"An amusing combination of grade school frustrations and slightly screwball responses. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Aldeen cruises through life like a monster truck: She crashes into everyone and has little concern for how her take-no-prisoners attitude affects people. So when Aldeen invites Morgan to accompany her and her grandmother to Princesses On Ice and his mother says he has to go, he's less than thrilled. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO TELL THE GRANDCOWS by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"The lack of any sort of historical note would hurt a lesser tale, but Emmadine will win readers over. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Emmadine the cow has no exciting stories to tell her grandcows, so she signs on with Admiral Byrd for a trip to the South Pole. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An entertaining mix of high and low comedy: Expect sequels, and look forward to them. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
In this lighter-than-air Victorian school story, young Emmaline Cayley, consigned to Yorkshire's forbidding St. Read full book review >

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STANLEY AT SCHOOL by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Here's hoping readers feel the same way about school as Stanley does; even if they don't, though, they are sure to laugh at the dogs' adventures. Where will they end up next? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Stanley's curiosity this time leads him to find out what all the kids do in school every day. Read full book review >

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MORGAN GETS CRACKING by Ted Staunton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A good choice for transitioning readers looking for a splash of humor. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Life as a third-grader can be very trying…. Read full book review >

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STANLEY AT SEA by Linda Bailey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"The spiritual metaphor may need some explaining to children, but Stanley's waggish appeal will win over readers young or grown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Plainly unable to stay out of mischief for long, Stanley and his canine buddies embark on a third escapade after Stanley's Party (2003) and Stanley's Wild Ride (2006)—this one with cosmic overtones. Read full book review >

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GONZALO GRABS THE GOOD LIFE by Janice Levy
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The few Spanish words and phrases add just a hint of cultural gusto. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A winning lottery ticket spurs a rooster to kiss off his job on don Chucho's farm in this spirited if predictable outing. Read full book review >

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CAEDMON’S SONG by Ruth Ashby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A bit bland, all in all—but the episode is a significant one in our cultural history, and it's been many a year since any other version of it has been offered for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Ashby embroiders the medieval tale of England's first known poet but lightly, downplaying its religious elements without losing them entirely. Read full book review >