Search Results: "Brett Helquist"


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 >

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

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

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 >

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THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Another tour de force blending art, math, philosophy, history and literature. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The determined sleuths from Balliett's fine first novel, Chasing Vermeer (2004), return in another artful mystery, centered on one of Chicago's architectural treasures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORT THAT JACK BUILT by Boni Ashburn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Alas, no substitute for a real pretend fort. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Small Jack makes a fort in the living room with a number of household items that the rest of his family needs back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON LANTERN by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Gratz has plenty of fun with his alternate history, but returning readers will notice that the dark is definitely rising. (map) (Fantasy/steampunk. 11-13)"
The company of heroes destined to battle the immortal Mangleborn continues to assemble in a middle volume that blurs the line between the good guys and the bad further. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"While a fourth adventure's intimated, problematic construction and too many tidy dei ex machinis (including their nasty teacher's turning terrific) mar this one. (author's notes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Balliett's third mystery falls short of Chasing Vermeer's brilliance, and the triangular friendship among Calder, Petra and Tommy, skillfully developed in The Wright 3, receives bumpier treatment here (2004; 2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers are guaranteed very smooth sailing. (not all final art seen) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Doll and Funcraft families are back—and the ocean's got 'em. Read full book review >

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 >