Search Results: "Brian Boyl"


BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Shelve near Kjell Block Sandved's similar Butterfly Alphabet (1996) or Stephen Johnson's photorealistic Alphabet City (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wordless except for opening and closing remarks, an occasional phrase of commentary and a key at the back, this album of carefully framed but un-retouched photographs captures letter shapes in vines and tree branches, tufts of moss, rock formations, strands of seaweed, a lizard's tail and other natural objects. 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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WON'T YOU TAKE ME TO WASHINGTON
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Yay x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: LOL IRL

Bonus Factors: Sci-Fi Convention, 24 Hours

Relationship Status: Casablanca

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

This cover is so cute—pixelated Ana and Zak! Math! The implied promise that Ana and Zak are ...


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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

ON THE BALL by Brian Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An inspired, exhilarating portrait of the transforming power of imagination, with special appeal for aspiring soccer stars. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Failing to keep his eye on the soccer ball, a player finds himself on an eventful chase to catch the runaway plaything. Read full book review >

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HOORAY FOR HAT! by Brian Won
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better—cheers all around. (Picture book. 3-7)"
All the animals are grumpy until a surprise brightens their day in this tale about the joy of sharing. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING GOES: BLUE BUS, RED BALLOON by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2013

"While not as strong as the first two titles in the series (1 2 3 Beep Beep Beep!: A Counting Book and Stop! Go! A Book of Opposites, both 2013), Biggs' playful vehicles keep this one chugging along. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A catalog of colorful vehicles. Read full book review >

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LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission in Moonshot (2009); now he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey of 100 years earlier. Read full book review >

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DRAW OUT THE STORY by Brian McLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Advanced cartoonists may prefer a longer book, like McCloud's, but this book has all the secrets beginners might need. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
People are always asking writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" This book actually answers the question. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING GOES: IN THE AIR by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Required reading for both plane-iacs and any first-time flier. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
For young fans of things with wings, another oversized visual riot from the creator of Everything Goes: On Land (2011). Read full book review >

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BATS AT THE LIBRARY by Brian Lies
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Buy it for the pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this latest from Lies, it's all—deservingly—about the artwork. Read full book review >