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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT by W.H. Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale; even rodent haters will have to like Malcolm. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Malcolm is a small rat who is often mistaken for a mouse, which is both a blessing and a curse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2004

"A missed opportunity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A lamentably excellent example of why children's books should never be forced into rhyme. Read full book review >

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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 >

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MORE by I.C.  Springman
by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Young readers not overwhelmed by the visual intensity will chant the minimal text; older ones will note questions about accumulation, materialism, friendship—and how to decide what's meaningful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Dramatic paintings add depth and foreboding to a lesson about excessive materialism. Read full book review >

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DEEP IN THE SWAMP by Donna M. Bateman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Delightful as a read-aloud, a counting book or an introduction to the ecosystem for young naturalists. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The familiar children's counting rhyme "Over in the Meadow" gets a fresh face in this engaging description of the flora and fauna of the Okefenokee Swamp. Read full book review >