Search Results: "Bruce Degen"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOW JOKE by Bruce Degen
by Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A snow book that deserves a warm reception from new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Anti-social high jinks deliver a lesson in kindness and in learning to read. Read full book review >

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I SAID, "BED!" by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A mixed bag of a book. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A book written for new readers seems more like fare for the toddler set. Read full book review >

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NATE LIKES TO SKATE by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"For a genuinely clever story about street skating, stick to the almost wordless classic Skates, by Ezra Jack Keats. For a nonpedantic beginning reader, Degen's offering works well enough. (Picture book/early reader. 4-7)"
Degen attempts the daunting task of writing a satisfying story using just 49 words and avoiding singsong rhymes. Read full book review >

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SAILAWAY HOME by Bruce Degen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perfect for toddlers showing their first signs of independence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fantastic adventures of a little pig who ``leaves'' his parents in order to fight pirates, to fly on a butterfly, and to ``Sailaway, sailaway,/Over the foam./Blow with the gale away,/Bail with a pail away,/Hitch to a whale, and then/Sailaway home.'' The rhymes always follow the same short and bouncy pattern; the animals look like toys, and the adventures are always rooted in a domestic setting. Read full book review >

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I GOTTA DRAW by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Would that every teacher could be this cool; Ms. Frizzle would be proud. (Picture book. 5-9)"
One teacher who is willing to look outside the box for a solution changes the life of a budding young artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"An epic look at the man and his music."
A painstakingly traced chronicle of the remarkable career of powerhouse proletarian rocker Bruce Springsteen. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS AND THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The bus isn't even close to running out of gas yet—particularly as it's now a hybrid. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Flamboyant as ever, the indefatigable Ms. Frizzle shepherds her young charges on a globe-spanning tour that starts in the melting Arctic, ends back in a greener classroom and in between lays out the process and hazards of the greenhouse effect before going into eco-friendly, energy-saving technological and lifestyle changes. Read full book review >

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MS. FRIZZLE’S ADVENTURES by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Quite a trip. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Extraordinary science teacher Ms. Frizzle is back sans school bus in a nine-by-twelve format tackling a whole new subject area: social studies. Ms. Frizzle is vacationing in Egypt and travels back to ancient times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMMANDER TOAD IN SPACE by Bruce Degen
Released: Aug. 21, 1980

"Unbelievable and unfunny."
A feeble whimsy presented as a ha-ha space adventure. Read full book review >

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BRUCE CHATWIN by Nicholas Shakespeare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An unflinching reconstruction of a singular writer's scorching trajectory through life: Speed makes it concise; fate makes it haunting. (Family tree, photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ingenious, outsize myth-meets-facts "life and works" of the charismatic global citizen and compulsive tale-teller. Read full book review >

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MS. FRIZZLE’S ADVENTURES by Joanna Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Next stop: Ancient China. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Not content with her rollicking science adventures in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle continues her explorations of history begun in Ancient Egypt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAZZMATAZZ! by Stephanie Calmenson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Calmenson and Degen have created a bright, syncopated jam session sure to please storytime audiences—but not recommended for bedtime reading. (author/illustrator note) (Picture book. 2-6)"
"When the weather gets cold / And a mouse slips in, / A jazzmatazz story / Is sure to begin." Read full book review >