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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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 >

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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 >

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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A GREAT BIG CUDDLE by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers. (Picture book/poetry. 1-5)"
Short poems and accompanying illustrations make up this word-format poetry anthology for little ones. Read full book review >

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FERGUS CRANE by Paul Stewart
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"Missable. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The creators of the Edge Chronicles open a new series aimed at a younger audience with this tale of a lad who discovers that his teachers are all pirates. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT’S GULLIVER by Martin Jenkins
ADVENTURE
Released: March 31, 2005

A handsomely packaged alternative for readers not quite up for the original, this abridgement pairs a toned-down, quicker-moving but otherwise substantially intact version of Gulliver's four voyages with a generous array of vignettes, larger drawings and paintings—all featuring craggy-featured, elaborately clad (except, of course, for the dignified Houyhnhnms and capering but discreetly posed Yahoos) grotesques in extravagantly detailed settings. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2004

"Good fun, though the supporting cast tends to overshadow the plot. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Readers fond of nonstop adventures thickly stocked with variously clawed, tentacled, tusked, venomous, tattooed, insidious, blood-drinking, slime-vomiting plug-uglies will be in hog heaven over this imported series opener, trendily bound in a jacketless pictorial cover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >