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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

"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 >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BATS IN THE BAND by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Again with the bats, evoking another call of 'encore!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yet more bats tumble from Lies' belfry, this time to ignite a darkened summer theater with the gift of music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING GOES:  ON LAND by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A glory ride for young car, truck, train, bus and trolley devotees. (Informational picture book. 4-6)
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In a visual feast for fans of wheeled vehicles large and small, Biggs presents a series of high-density street scenes done in an amiably rumpled cartoon style. Read full book review >