Search Results: "Chris Riddell"


BOOK REVIEW

GOTH GIRL AND THE GHOST OF A MOUSE by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A promising start to a weird new series. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Ada Goth solves a mystery. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR OF ABSURDIA by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Political cartoonist and Greenaway Medalist Riddell is comfortable in this curious fantasy world as imagination transforms the ordinary bedroom objects of this charming blue-eyed, tousled towhead into extraordinary dreams. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This young emperor has clothing issues; the beginning sentences set the scene: "The Emperor of Absurdia was having the most extraordinary dream. Read full book review >

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PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY by Chris Riddell
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Keep on smiling. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A lucky day proves to be just so, but not before a series of mishaps casts a long shadow across Platypus's expectations. Read full book review >

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WENDEL’S WORKSHOP by Chris Riddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A pretty face, undeniably, but void of hidden depths. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Wendel is a mouse and an inventor. Read full book review >

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OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Shelve this, the first volume of a projected three, with the graphic novels. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A tale told in intricate, finely detailed pictures linked by occasional brief bursts of prose introduces Eloise-like young Ottoline, who shares a large apartment with hair-covered sidekick Mr. Munroe, collects odd single shoes and postcards from her parents (who are generally off on travels) and solves mysteries. Read full book review >

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PLATYPUS by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Well-known as a political cartoonist, Riddell conveys his message subtly and with good humor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Riddell (Rabbit's Wish, 2001, etc.) reaches out to the preschool set in this charming environmental primer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KASPER IN THE GLITTER by Philip Ridley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Riddell's black-and-white drawings have an expressive, graphic-novel-style sophistication, but can't leaven this leaden effort. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Enticing young people to leave the brightly lit Glitter and join him in the decrepit part of town known as The Gloom, a parent-hating, teenage bully sets himself up as King Streetwise in this plodding British farce from Ridley (Krindlekrax, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Russell Brand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A smart, funny, iconoclastic take on an old classic. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The well-known legend is brought to life once more by one of the U.K.'s most famed comics. Read full book review >

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RETURNER'S WEALTH by Paul Stewart
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Red meat for rabid dragon lovers, but younger fans of the authors' Edge Chronicles may be discomfited by the gruesome bits and steamy clinches. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A young wanderer enters the Wyrmeweald—a mountainous land of sudden death, untold riches, and dragons, dragons, dragons—in this grim trilogy opener. Read full book review >

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BARNABY GRIMES by Paul Stewart
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"From the first gripping sentence onward, Barnaby will be sure to rake in the fans. (Horror. 9-12)"
The latest and best Stewart/Riddell collaboration to date is set in a pseudo-Victorian world of stovepipe hats, gamins and smog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Body of Chris by Chris Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A colorful, faith-based memoir of recovery."
In his debut memoir, Cole recounts his struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse, and mental illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A rare tale that values brains over brawn—light, bright, and handsomely tricked out. (Fantasy. 8 & up)"
Lavish use of black and silver ink, plus Riddell's larger-than-life figures, adds swash aplenty to this new edition of Gaiman's 2009 spin on a Norse myth, originally illustrated by Brett Helquist. Read full book review >