Search Results: "Charles Santoso"


BOOK REVIEW

MAX MAKES A CAKE by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Well-intentioned but, alas, as dry as matzo. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Edwards offers a story about Passover, but it might be a bad idea to read it during the holiday—particularly toward the end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST FRIEND BATTLE  by Lindsay Eyre
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A good read-aloud for second grade or an independent read for a third grader. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Nine-year-old Sylvie Scruggs becomes obsessed with the notion that she must provide her best friend, Miranda Tan, with a birthday present superior to the one given by Sylvie's baseball rival, Georgie Diaz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPY GUY by Jessica Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Will Spy Guy be the next 007? Unless there's another book, readers will never know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small, pixie-haired, gap-toothed, pink-skinned boy rocking a fedora aspires to competence as a spy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Slightly creepy, funny and fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A boy receives a stuffed animal that he really doesn't like—and it's not hard to see why. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEANUT BUTTER & BRAINS by Joe McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Run, don't shamble, to get this original zombie tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everyone knows zombies love to eat brains. What happens when one has a taste for something else, instead? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLASS PUZZLE by Christine Brodien-Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"The interesting premise is bogged down by narration that doesn't seem to fully trust readers' intelligence and by characters who defy credibility, keeping it from rising above the bevy of middle-grade fantasies. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Cousins Zoé and Ian must find the key to a glass puzzle or risk the destruction of their Welsh town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNURTCH by Sean Ferrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Original in its visual and linguistic presentation of behavioral problems, this important call for understanding should sit on library, classroom, and bedrooms shelves—the high ones, just above a Snurtch's reach. (Picture book. 2-8)"
The Snurtch sits in Ruthie's seat at school, all furry, spiky, goofy, and googly-eyed, waiting—just as she expected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEANUT BUTTER & ALIENS by Joe McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Readers of the first book will be pleased with the continuing adventures of Abigail and Reginald, but others may want to pick that volume first or bypass this alien sighting entirely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The follow-up to Peanut Butter & Brains (2015) adds an interstellar element but shows that sandwich snacks can be universal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IDA, ALWAYS by Caron Levis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"If the text is occasionally sentimental or overwritten, the pictures are so simple they're heartbreaking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This is a picture book about loss and grief, so it is probably not a coincidence that it is pictorially dominated by skies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARTNERS IN SLIME by Adriana Brad Schanen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An excellent, emotionally rich choice for readers ready for a sizable chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Following their eponymous first outing (2015), Quinny and Hopper are back for a second, exploring friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOY CALLED BAT by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking, this introduction to Bat should charm readers, who will likely look forward to more opportunities to explore life from Bat's particular point of view. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A third-grader becomes fascinated with an orphaned skunk kit and wages a campaign to convince his veterinarian mom that their family should care for the animal until it can be released to the wild. Read full book review >

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A BOY AND HIS SKUNK
by Leila Roy

“I love him,” Bat said. He hadn’t meant to say it out loud. Mom laughed. “Careful, or you might make me jealous,” she said.
“But it’s true,” Bat said. “I love him.” 
Mom said they’d have to hand the kit over to the rescue center in a month. But Bat, holding the tiny animal in ...

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