Search Results: "Chris Van Dusen"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANCINE POULET MEETS THE GHOST RACCOON by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"New readers ready for a challenge and some laughs will welcome more characters from Deckawoo Drive. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Francine Poulet, the laconic and intrepid animal control officer of Gizzford County, is having a crisis of confidence. Read full book review >

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EUGENIA LINCOLN AND THE UNEXPECTED PACKAGE  by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Eugenia's need for routine and her intolerance of change and uncertainty will resonate with readers who experience life similarly. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Mercy Watson's neighbors, the Lincoln Sisters of 52 Deckawoo Drive, return in their second adventure, and now it's elder sister Eugenia's turn in the spotlight. Read full book review >

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PRESIDENT TAFT IS STUCK IN THE BATH by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2014

"The soapiest, splashiest frolic featuring a head of state since Audrey and Don Wood's King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1985). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Barnett spins a probably apocryphal but nonetheless hilarious incident into a Cabinet-level crisis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEROY NINKER SADDLES UP by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Filled with love and kindness and glorious sweet-talk: 'Yippee-i-oh.' (Fiction. 6-9)"
Leroy Ninker dreams of being an honest-to-goodness cowboy as he watches Western movies while working at the concession stand at the drive-in theater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HATTIE & HUDSON by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Outdoor enthusiasts will celebrate this brave young heroine as she schools the town on acceptance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lanky, little explorer paddles her canoe on a lake and inadvertently sings up a huge, green beast. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

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IF I BUILT A CAR by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Not likely—especially as there's nary a video screen in sight—but budding designers will certainly get a jumpstart from this. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young designer verbally crafts a dream car in this retro-flavored flight of fancy, proudly unveiling to his bemused dad and dog a domed, finned, two-toned sedan that combines spiffy features of classic Cadillacs and Jetsons-era styling—plus pool, sofa, snack machine, a robot at the wheel and the ability to be a boat, a submarine or a rocket. Read full book review >

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KING HUGO'S HUGE EGO by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Some fairy tales, it turns out, work better without the fairy-tale ending. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cautionary tale loses track in this fable of an egomaniacal monarch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CIRCUS SHIP by Chris Van Dusen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Splendid! (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Dusen's rhyming text takes inspiration from an 1836 shipwreck, but fanciful fun, not tragedy, awaits readers here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"All's well that ends well, of course, and that means everyone can celebrate with a stack of toast and an extra pat of butter. (Fiction. 6-8)"

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY WATSON by Kate DiCamillo
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"No matter, though—young readers will clamor for more adventures with this irrepressible retro pig and her lovable family. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Everyone's porcine wonder is back, and just in time for Halloween. Mrs. Watson knows just what Mercy should be for the holiday—a tiara-and-pink-tulle-clad princess. Read full book review >