Search Results: "Brian Ajhar"


BOOK REVIEW

HOME ON THE RANGE by Brian Ajhar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"But the cattle have mobile, expressive countenances, and even children already home on the range will respond to the ditty's eminently singable sentiment. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Leaving behind a bedroom strewn with elaborately detailed toys, a New York lad clad in a Stetson and pj's rides his rocking horse out west for some riding and roping "where the skies are not cloudy all day." Read full book review >

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THE GIGGLER TREATMENT by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Includes an exquisitely wacky glossary. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Beware, all grown-ups who are contemplating being mean to a child. Read full book review >

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THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURES by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Jimmy Mack, when are ya comin' back? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GONE WITH THE WAND by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Capped with an ending as cozy as it is happy, this satisfying 'fairy's tale' offers children a bit of extra TLC, and perhaps a little nudge for some parents, too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When a fairy godmother's wand gets that burnt look, and she doesn't even have enough "bippidy left in her to salacadoo one more pumpkin," it just may be time for a change of specialty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"This spoof on Christmas needs to restring its lights to make it less dependent on the distracting gimmicks and silly devices and focus on the goofy, outlandish appeal of a talking dog leading Santa's sleigh across the world. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Combine one talking dog, Santa Claus, his reindeer Rudolph, who has the flu, lizards that change their names to fit a climate, four children, and a variety of talking objects and appliances; add an irreverent tone and cheeky style, and presto: a nonsensical and nonlinear story based on the belief in Santa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN BORU by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A satisfying tale of majesty and magic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12+)"
Adapted from the author's bestselling adult title Lion of Ireland (1980), about the charismatic man who united the Irish under his rule in the tenth century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

"NO PIRATES ALLOWED!" SAID LIBRARY LOU by Rhonda Gowler Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Worthy, even trendy, but unlikely to make nonreaders (of any age) follow the animals in Judy Sierra and Marc Brown's classic to become Wild About Books (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A librarian endows a treasure-hunting pirate with reading skills as well as training him to hush up in this bland valentine to literacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers will sail just as lightly through this gallery of achievers, marveling as they go. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
Lewis leaves behind the serious mood of his Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans (2000) with jocose commemorations of 22 more important notables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BRAVE BRIAN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"This fits well into the pantheon of scary stories for younger children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Big Brave Brian tackles common childhood fears: Something is under the bed or something is in the closet, for example. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM BRIAN WILSON by Brian Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"As a study in creativity, superb, though as memoir, partial and a touch reluctant. Whatever the case, essential for any Beach Boys fan."
Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Read full book review >