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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sure to 'net' young audiences, who will definitely root for the birds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A peace-waging parable, presented with wry minimalism à la Jon Klassen or Tomi Ungerer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKENHARE by Chris Grine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Twisted, weird and fun. (Graphic fantasy/adventure. 9-14)

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Why did the Chickenhare cross the wintry terrain? Why, to flee a maniacal taxidermist, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER AND THE WOLF by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Language chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE SEASIDE SHENANIGANS by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Fact-filled fun for the curious fixer-in-training. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Chico fixes a whole bunch of stuff at the beach and solves a mystery, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BLACK CROW by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"This quiet book that positions the child as a curious observer of the natural world is a little picture-book gem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reminiscent of Christopher Myers's Black Cat (1999), but set in a rural rather than an urban setting, a lyrical text muses about the daily life of the titular little black crow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNEAKY SHEEP by Chris Monroe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Fun for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Rocky and Blossom are sheep who have a reputation for disobedience and mischief. Read full book review >