Search Results: "Brandon Dorman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CURVY TREE by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Pure corn syrup. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child with ostracism issues finds a timber tutor in this illustrated spinoff from the Land of Stories series. Read full book review >

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THICKER THAN WATER by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Joyless, juiceless, predictable. (Thriller. 11-13)"
Internal dissension, security leaks and attacks from a much larger rival add up to disaster for the orphanage-cum-spy school introduced in Playing with Fire (2013). Read full book review >

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GIANT DANCE PARTY by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Sheer joy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lexy lives to dance, but she dreads those terrifying recitals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old fosterling Max Segredo knows he's just one stop away from juvie. Luckily, that stop turns out to be the Merry Sunshine Orphanage, where the third floor is off-limits due to a secret science project, and the house rules include "No unsupervised gunplay." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSHUA DREAD by Lee  Bacon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A superpowered thumbs up. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the substitute librarian tries to kill you on the last day of school, it doesn't bode well for summer break. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAWN MOWER MAGIC by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Second in a promising series that began with Hamster Magic (2010) this is a good stepping stone to more challenging reading. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The four Willow children attempt to tame an old-fashioned reel lawn mower with an enormous appetite for grass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Cardboard characters and awkwardly episodic situations result in a poorly manufactured tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Celebpub collides with fairy-tale redux in this unsuccessful debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOWMAN MAGIC by Katherine Tegen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though this doesn't quite match the allure of Michael Garland's Christmas Magic (2001) or the pure fun of Caralyn and Mark Buehner's Snowmen at Night (2002), it is a nice cross between the two that will have kids rolling snowman pieces with dedicated purpose. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tale of a constructed friend charms with its magic and imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WIZARD by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Dorman's debut makes an atmospheric opener for any magic-themed storytime. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lit with a greenish glow, elaborately detailed digital paintings give a properly eerie setting to this shortened version of a poem originally published in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >

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THE ALIEN THAT ATE MY SOCKS by Brandon Dorman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Proof that there is such a thing as too silly. (Science fiction. 8 -11)"
The Hooligan brothers' go-cart race takes an unexpected turn when a sock-eating, foul-smelling, giant purple alien enlists their help completing his extraterrestrial merit badges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >