Search Results: "Brian Lies"


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

BATS AT THE BEACH by Brian Lies
ANIMALS
Released: June 19, 2006

"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort, when it's time for them to do the same. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gathering up "our buckets, trowels, / banjoes, blankets, books, and towels," a family of bats flits out to the beach for a moonlit picnic of "yummy treats"—"Beetles, ants, and milkweed bugs, / crickets, moths, and pickled slugs. / Damselflies, or salted 'skeeters— / no room here for picky eaters!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAMLET AND THE ENORMOUS CHINESE DRAGON KITE by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Bright and comical illustrations add to the pleasure of this cheerful story that celebrates the wild spirit of a spunky pig as well as the wisdom of his more conservative pal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hamlet, an intrepid little pig, decides to buy a kite—not a little kite like his nervous friend Quince the porcupine suggests timidly, but a fierce, red, Chinese dragon kite. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

GATOR DAD by Brian Lies
by Brian Lies, illustrated by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Dads, squeeze the day with your own children just as this one does. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gator dad and his three hatchlings "squeeze the day" they have together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BATS AT THE BALLGAME by Brian Lies
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"But as a read-aloud by a baseball fan, it's sure to inspire a love of the game—and maybe of bats as well. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Previously Lies has given his bats nights at the library and the beach with great success. 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

POPCORN! by Elaine Landau
by Elaine Landau, illustrated by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Padded with weak wisecracks, superficial generalizations, and outright filler, this isn't about to displace Tomie DePaola's classic Popcorn Book (1978) as an introduction to one of the world's most popular recreational foods. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Not even Lies's (Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle, not reviewed, etc.) realistically drawn figures—children, Pilgrims, and a recurring, mischievous raccoon—manage to add much substance to this jokey once-over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND THE DRAGON WORD by Dianne Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"With charmingly witty dialogue and wordplay, an approachable format (including plenty of amusing line drawings), and the lure of the never-revealed dragon word, a grand readaloud for readers who will later enjoy The Phantom Tollbooth (1961). (Fiction. 7- 11)"
George has a powerful word, ``short and sharp and ugly,'' that has always upset everyone who hears it and that has an unprecedented effect on Great-aunt Agatha: it actually turns her into a dragon, who hauls George off to her friend Wordsworth, a wordsmith. 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

MALCOLM UNDER THE STARS by W.H. Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Welcome back, Malcolm. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
The critters of the Midnight Academy must find a way to save McKenna Elementary School from destruction. Read full book review >