Search Results: "Christopher Barzak"


BOOK REVIEW

WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Christopher Barzak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Part ghost story, part love story, this page-turner is a captivating exploration of the power of place, family, memory, and time itself. (Paranormal suspense. 12-17)"
An unexpected encounter with an old friend opens Aidan Lockwood's eyes to extraordinary family secrets. Read full book review >

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Before and Afterlives by Christopher Barzak
Released: March 20, 2013

"By stretching a bit past reality, these stories reveal it."
In his latest short-story collection, Barzak (Birds and Birthdays, 2012, etc.) charmingly yet disturbingly juxtaposes fantastic and gritty realities. Read full book review >

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THE WRATH OF ZOZIMOS by Christopher Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The jokes are funnier than in volume one, but readers may wish there were more space between them. (Graphic adventure. 11-14)"
This graphic novel is an epic at the speed of a flipbook. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL SURPRISE! by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Full-bleed backgrounds of bold color that set off the central figure in their equally bright palettes are the perfect accompaniment to this surprising and engaging offering. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Intensely colored vignettes feature a menagerie of animals as they tell their brief and funny tales. Read full book review >

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JOHN DENVER’S TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS by Christopher Canyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Canyon has outdone himself in his second pairing with a John Denver tune, this one about returning home to the place of his roots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINGS by Christopher Myers
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Ikarus himself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Myers (Black Cat, 1999, etc.) comes into his own as a children's-book writer, as well as illustrator, with his second solo picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1994

"A handsome edition, with especially felicitous typography and design. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A scrupulous note explains that, with ``minimal'' editing, this is the great Russian collector Afanasev's version, ``crafted by Petr Nikolaevich Polevoi (1839-1902), a well-known historian, archaeologist, and Shakespearean scholar.'' In outline, it differs little from Arthur Ransome's text as used in Uri Shulevitz's Caldecott winner (1968); but where Ransome is more literary and humorous, the more straightforward text here is propelled by its energetic cadence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLY! by Christopher Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is, nevertheless, a beautiful exploration of urban friendship in unexpected places. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A lonely boy discovers a world of friendship on his apartment building's roof. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN DENVER’S ANCIENT RHYMES by Christopher Canyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A better-than-usual effort in the trend of song illustration. (CD in hardcover, score) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Denver's gentle lullaby comes to life in Canyon's gorgeous paintings. Read full book review >

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PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ending on a peaceful, satiated note, this explosive episode makes a first-rate entry in the annals of picture-book sneezes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wormell (Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, see above) seamlessly blends landscape and playscape in this tale of a wonderfully catastrophic train wreck. Read full book review >

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BLUE RABBIT AND THE RUNAWAY WHEEL by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Not exactly a lesson in taking responsibility, but give Blue Rabbit some points for not trying to shift the blame. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A moment of inattention lands Blue Rabbit in hot water in this simply told follow-up to Blue Rabbit and Friends (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER ON THE FARM by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A final spread presents all the animals for counting in a read-aloud of which adults won't quickly tire. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gunson presents the numbers from one to ten in a sumptuous book for the very young that toys with the familiar childhood ditty, ``Over in the Meadow.'' ``Over in the field in the green and the blue/lived a woolly mother sheep/and her little sheep two./`Leap,' said the mother./`We leap,' said the two. . . .'' The rhyming builds on the framework of animal babies whose numbers continue to increase. Read full book review >