Search Results: "Brian Farrey"


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 SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE by Brian Farrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Heart-rending and genuine, this magical coming-of-age story is not to be missed. (Fantasy 10-14)"
The queen is dying, a strange menace lures townspeople to places unknown, and Princess Jeniah's only hope for saving her monarchy lies in the one place prophesied to bring about its destruction. 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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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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BOOK REVIEW

THE UNDERPANTS ZOO by Brian Sendelbach
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"While the word 'underpants' may get readers to give this a try, repeat trips to this zoo are unlikely—better to buy additional copies of the Barretts' Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970) and Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People (1980). (Picture book. 3-7)"
In rhyming verse that sometimes stumbles, Sendelbach's picture-book debut showcases a zoo where all the animals wear underwear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHTSHIP by Brian Floca
Kirkus Star
by Brian Floca, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2007

"Together, the pictures and the brief, measured text lend these utilitarian, no-longer-active vessels a heroic aspect that will resonate with all young fans of ships and the sea. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Floca creates both suspense and poetry in this tribute to the anchored lightships that once warned ships away from hazards on the North American coast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOONSHOT by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2009

"Breathtaking, thrilling and perfect. (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
A dizzying, masterful command of visual pacing combines with an acute sense of verbal rhythms to provide a glorious account of the Apollo 11 mission, one that stands as the must-buy in this crowded lunar season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTY NIGHT, SLEEPY SLEEPS by Brian Anderson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While it may not be conducive for somnolent evenings, this is pure good fun for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The popular characters of Anderson's comic-strip series Dog Eat Doug successfully transition to the picture book in a joyous celebration of the universal glee felt by toddlers trying to outwit and outrace their grown-ups. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIGBY DIVES IN by Brian Paterson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This is an appealing addition, sure to please the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In the third installment of the Zigby series, the titular zebra enjoys another unexpected adventure, this time underwater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIGHTFUL STORY OF HARRY WALFISH by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Xiphorhynchus erythropygius, I believe,'' notes Ms. Leonard-Brakthurst) to a pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea), while his crisp, animated watercolors add to the fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For his first solo outing, Floca (illustrator of Avi's Poppy, 1995) has created a whopper that operates on a number of levels: as a zoological exploration, as a wry cautionary tale, and as a story of just deserts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOGA BUNNY by Brian Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This may inspire little yogis, but for accurate examples of the asanas, consult an actual instruction book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The popularity of yoga for kids guarantees a market for this lesson book, based on the author's website of the same name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWL BOY by Brian Schatell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"An offbeat tale about following your dreams, no matter where they might lead (though older readers will note the cautionary tale of taking your passions a bit too far). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Al loves owls. Read full book review >