Search Results: "Brett Helquist"


BOOK REVIEW

ROGER, THE JOLLY PIRATE by Brett Helquist
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"A bit of spindrift for young pirate fans, capped by a brief ballad (not seen). (Picture book. 7-9)"
Helquist takes a break from illustrating "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for a solo debut, offering an eye-rolling account of the pirate flag's origin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRUMPY GOAT by Brett Helquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The book fails to address the roots of Goat's bad temper or his turnaround, equating them with dandelions in the wind, and may leave readers feeling grumpy with the lack of a true problem or solution. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An out-of-sorts goat goes back and forth between grumpy and happy in this slight tale with a murky message. Read full book review >

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BRETT McCARTHY by Maria Padian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2008

"The pacing is smooth and the actions build to a sad, if realistic, ending. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bigmouth Brett has two great loves: vocabulary words and soccer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER MICE by Kristin Kladstrup
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Dance, drama, and a star turn make this a page-turning tale. (author's note) (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
Ballet is beautiful for a mouse ballerina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"All in all, another winner. (Fantasy. 8 & up)"
Gaiman does it again, this time featuring a lame young boy, talking animals and intrigue in Asgard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LUMP OF COAL by Lemony Snicket
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The volume's size, as well as the book in general, may strike many as diminutive, which here means small in stature, but make no mistake as to its usefulness, as many a Christmas stocking will accept such an endeavor in lieu of a real lump of coal. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
One might say that Snicket, author of the wildly successful A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Helquist, the illustrator of same, have diminished their talents with this short, illustrated Christmas story about a talking lump of coal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROUNDHOG'S DAY OFF by Robb Pearlman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Readers will never look at Groundhog Day in quite the same way again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A groundhog who wants to be appreciated for more than his meteorological skills decides to go on vacation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIECES AND PLAYERS by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brain-teasing adventure for thinking kids. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuths and best friends Tommy Segovia, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee join forces with two new junior detectives to tackle a shocking art robbery at a Chicago museum in this sequel to The Calder Game (2010).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRIMJINX REBELLION by Brian Farrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Full of twists, monsters, cool magic and cooler anti-magic, with underlying family warmth and a creative crescendo. Start at the series' beginning. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Whether stealing back a government from mages who stole it first or defeating a marauding horde of monsters, the Grimjinx family remains as delightfully sneaky as ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEAGUE OF SEVEN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener. (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
Gratz works an unusual twist into the familiar teens-saving-the-Earth-from-monsters trope: The protagonist is both archetypal hero and, at least potentially, nemesis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Bangers! (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There couldn't be a more likable family of thieves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RISE AND FALL OF MOUNT MAJESTIC by Jennifer Trafton
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Happily, the debut author's wry wit and flashes of satire mitigate many deficits. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The inhabitants of the Island at the Center of Everything are inclined to take things to extremes. Read full book review >