Search Results: "Chris Priestley"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AND THE ARROW by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2003

"Despite the Noble Savage bit, and the fact that Tom's role in the tale is largely a passive one as his associates do most of the fighting and deduction, fans of Pullman's Victorian tales may enjoy the similar level of violence and almost tangibly miasmic setting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Priestly pours generous measures of Dickens and Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan, that is) into this melodramatic murder mystery, set amid the vividly rendered stews of 18th-century London. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDWULF’S CURSE by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A fizzle, compared to the previous episode, Death and the Arrow (2003). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Plainly modeled on Hound of the Baskervilles, this new Tom Marlowe Adventure takes the young sleuth-in-training and his capable mentor Dr. Harker out to the tidal bogs of 18th-century East Anglia, where a wealthy friend of the Doctor's has been rummaging around in an ancient barrow said to be protected by a supernatural guardian. Read full book review >

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UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE IS READING THIS BOOK by Alice Priestley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The whole is a bit too wobbly—a conceit that never flies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A prince, "handsome as most and almost as clever," sulks because he wants to fly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOGETHER by Hazel Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly, there are many valuable lessons to be learned from this story, but perhaps the most important is the idea that a hug is what keeps a family together when they're apart—'one when we leave…and one when we're all back together again.' (Picture book. 2-5)"
From buttons to zippers to hugs, young children will learn the meaning of "together" in everyday life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOM AND MUM ARE GETTING MARRIED! by Ken Setterington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Artistically tepid but socially valuable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gay picture books are unfortunately still rare enough that they all matter regardless of literary and artistic quality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Wild Here and Now by Susan Charkes
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"A charming, thought-provoking walk in the woods."
Charkes (Outdoors With Kids—Philadelphia, 2013, etc.) shares a collection of countryside-inspired essays, many previously published. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOJO DAYCARE by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ninja training begins early, but before any power moves are taught, young ones must first learn to control their emotions—practical advice for any 3-year-old. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COOKIE THE WALKER by Chris Monroe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Moral: Fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if it does come with a fanny pack. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A canine parable about the dangers of fame. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Young children who struggle to follow the rules will feel a bond with George, and the story's present-tense narration and repeated refrains make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
George is a gigantic, magenta dog with a purple snout and huge, expressive eyes. He wants to be good and knows the rules of proper behavior, but he can't quite manage to follow them when left alone in the house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIP AND THE WOOD WITCH CURSE by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Confusion reigns. (Fantasy.8-12)"
Children are an endangered species in Hangman's Hollow, a town under siege from dark and malevolent forces in this first book of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Fine fare for fans of the likes of Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's Far-Flung Adventures series or Philip Ardagh's Eddie Dickens trilogy. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A prolific British illustrator makes a rare foray across the pond with this faintly Gothic series opener. Read full book review >