Search Results: "Chris Skidmore"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RISE OF THE TUDORS by Chris Skidmore
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Skidmore does a fine job of telling a complicated story that ends happily as Henry, now Henry VII, founded the Tudor dynasty that included his son, Henry VIII, and granddaughter, Elizabeth."
An engrossing, probably definitive background to one of the most powerful dynasties in British history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"A fresh elucidation of this precarious period of Elizabeth's reign."
A nicely fleshed-out portrait of Elizabeth I (1533-1603), with new revelations of the queen in love and the man who sought desperately to marry her. Read full book review >

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EDWARD VI by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Sure-footed and evenhanded."
An impressive debut chronicling the brief life of the young man dubbed "the forgotten prince." Read full book review >

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AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >

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DINOTRUX DIG THE BEACH by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers won't want to wait to find out where the Dinotrux will go next. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third in Gall's crashing, smashing series takes the hot and grumpy Dinotrux on a vacation to the beach. What mayhem will ensue? Read full book review >

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PIP AND THE TWILIGHT SEEKERS by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Children who read this wretched stuff may grow up to write like this—don't let it happen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There are murky goings-on in Hangman's Hollow and Spindlewood Forest as Pip, Frankie and Toad continue the tale begun in Pip and the Wood Witch Curse (2012). Read full book review >

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THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"There probably won't be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following a story arc that's been popular at least since Ellen Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. 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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MAISIE MOO AND INVISIBLE LUCY by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Though even less scrutable than McKimmie's Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow (2007), it's likewise freewheeling, imagination-stretching and, to quote Maisie, 'a little bit wonderful.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorous brushwork and large splotches of saturated reds and purples give the modernist art in this Australian import a wild energy that both complements the blotchy, often hand-lettered text and reflects the character of the young narrator. Read full book review >

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SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently satirical and ultimately liberating look at modern education. 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 >