Search Results: "Chris L. Terry"


BOOK REVIEW

ZERO FADE by Chris L. Terry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction's hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter. Read full book review >

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ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Exciting stuff for kids in the military state of mind, not to mention a good workout for the memory. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Demarest explores, through dramatic military-related illustrations, the International Communications Alphabet (ICA). Read full book review >

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FIREFIGHTERS A TO Z by Chris L. Demarest
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Parts of this will be new even to avid young fans of the occupation and its trappings; and though there are no specific cautions, the underlying message about the importance of fire safety will not go astray. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Demarest (The Cowboy ABC, 1999, etc.), a volunteer firefighter himself, pays tribute to the intrepid men and women who do it professionally. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE HUNTERS! by Chris L. Demarest
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Demarest caps his dramatic account with a long afterword about hurricanes and their damages—particularly Katrina's recent devastation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Demarest continues his tributes to uniformed workers who routinely go in harm's way with this timely look at a mission flown by the Air Force's 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Read full book review >

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PLANE by Chris L. Demarest
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A companion volume, Ship (ISBN 0-15-200267-7), does a similarly energetic job plying the high seas and evoking things oceanic. (Picture book. 1-3)"
A board book journey for the very young on a pleasurable plane ride through an intimate, minimal landscape. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS' SONG by David L. Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"This book, a group of preschoolers, and a rhythm band set form a cacophonous combination with appeal that's loud and clear. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fans of old-fashioned rhyming books will warm to this perky celebration of sight and sound: ``There was a little girl/With a silver flute,/Toot toot/Tootity toot,/Who puckered her lips/And blew her flute,/Tootity tootity toot.'' Soon she is joined by a little boy with ``a rumity drum,'' a hooty owl, a sleepy ``yippity'' dog, a cow, a pony, a rooster, a pig, bird, goose, lamb, duck, pigeon, and a shy mouse from ``under the sink.'' All together they make a crew that recalls the Bremen town musicians in a noisy, onomatopoeic parade: ``They sang and danced/And skipped along/With a flute and a drum/And the animals' song.'' The parade ends grandly; the girl who started it all is fast asleep in her sunset-drenched bedroom, her toys gathered around her. Read full book review >

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WHEN COWS COME HOME by David L. Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Still, the merry rhyming and the illustrations' blithe abandon may make this an effective storytime diversion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of Somebody Catch My Homework (1990) brings his skillful versifying to a slight, silly tale about a herd of cows straying from their homeward way at day's end (``But if Farmer looks/The other way,/Cows take off/On a holiday!/You never saw/Such cow horseplay...'' Whimsically depicted in airily limned illustrations splashed with sunset-hued watercolors, the errant cows trip a light fantastic while they play tag, square dance, and ``hitch their bikes/To Farmer's sleigh/To pull their babies/As they play.'' They're about to escape out the gate when they spy Farmer and suddenly ``head for home/In a cowlike way'' after all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED SLED by Patricia Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A quietly exhilarating ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A father and son go sledding in this deceptively simple tale. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2004

"Dizzyingly funny. (Fractured fairy tales. 8-12)"
From the elegantly addled brain of the author who brought us not only Wicked but haunted hairdos and stupid cupids, come eight deeply and profoundly silly stories. Read full book review >

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HOORAY FOR GRANDMA JO! by Thomas McKean
ANIMALS
Released: May 2, 1994

"Fine light entertainment to keep the picture-book hour giggling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandma Jo is happily expecting a visit from little Lloyd (``He'll arrive next Tuesday on the 10:30 train, and he'll be wearing his new coat with the fluffy collar'') when she loses her glasses, which means she's unable to read either the letter saying that Lloyd isn't coming after all or a newspaper warning about an escaped lion. Read full book review >

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SMART DOG by Ralph Leemis
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 8, 1993

Comfortably ensconced in his porch rocker, the man addresses his dog—``If you were a smart dog, you'd chase that rabbit''— and goes on to suggest less and less likely activities, from barely plausible tricks (``You'd dance on a drum'') to full-scale tall tale (``while you conducted your string quartet, the crowd would applaud as you juggled''), all resulting in fame, uproar, and wealth—which, in the end, would enable them to retire in ``a small house in the country for two,'' as they have already done. Read full book review >

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"A graceful observation of life's rituals in a small place, cast in the old-fashioned memories of bygone days."
A young man recounts his awkward passage from childhood to maturity on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >