Search Results: "Chris Columbus"


BOOK REVIEW

BATTLE OF THE BEASTS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A dark action-adventure-fantasy with surprising heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
House of Secrets' (2013) happy ending gives way to new problems for the Walker children, both in reality and in writer-wizard Denver Kristoff's pulpy genre-book worlds. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Ending with the promise (or threat) of further adventures, this is clearly intended to be the next big thing—whether it fulfills that ambition remains to be seen. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Columbus and Vizzini craft a fast-moving, cinematic narrative that packs plenty of punch but may still have trouble measuring up to the competition. Read full book review >

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CLASH OF THE WORLDS by Chris Columbus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Generally, an enjoyable book with high stakes and a solid ending, despite the mushy middle. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Following the 2013 death of co-author Vizzini, Rylander joins the team for the conclusion to the book-world-hopping House of Secrets series. 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD GIRL by Chris Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Absolutely charming. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wild girl ("no one to brush her hair, or wash her face, or tie her shoelaces . . .") and her small brown dog survive in the mountain wilderness without ever seeing evidence of another living soul. Read full book review >