Search Results: "Chris Appelhans"


BOOK REVIEW

SPARKY! by Jenny Offill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"A serene, funny addition to the new-pet genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quietly dry humor marks this story about a most unusual pet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHASING BEFORE by Lenore Appelhans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Fans will not lose interest. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This second book in the Memory Chronicles series continues the story of a girl in the afterlife trying to fight evil angels as she desperately seeks her own stolen memories. Read full book review >

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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MEMORY OF AFTER by Lenore Appelhans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An absorbing, sensitive read. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)"
This imaginative debut brings conflict to the afterlife, focusing on a war between humans and angels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIN by Chris Judge
by Chris Judge, illustrated by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Big brother Tin must rescue his wandering little sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Young fans of all things big and noisy will make trax for this dynamic dino-diversion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The prehistoric metal monsters dug up and introduced in Dinotrux! (2009) break out—twice!—in this smashing (crashing, roaring, grinding) sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONELY BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The story could use a little more internal logic, but Judge's art stands out. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Like one of Sendak's wild things embarking on a journey of its own, the hairy monster in this boiled-down quest tale abruptly sets out for parts unknown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BALL FOR DAISY by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little dog and her big ball map an inner life rich in heights of joy and depths of sorrow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO PEAS IN A POD by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Set very much Down Under. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Marvin's best bud, Violet, calls him "Marvellous," has a jumping castle in her yard and a train that goes to "TOOWOOMBA, KATOOMBA, WOOLLOOMOOLOO, DIMBOOLA, NUNDROO, KALGOORLIE, BROOME WOOP WOOP" and sees "cottonwool castles and marshmallow kingdoms in the clouds." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALK TO ME ABOUT THE ALPHABET by Chris Raschka
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Read this to your favorite emergent readers, and they may be tempted to do just that. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Phonics with a difference. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE FOR A LITTLE ONE by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Perfect. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little one is a rabbit child; the five are its senses, which it explores with ebullient confidence. Read full book review >