Search Results: "Colin Haskin"


BOOK REVIEW

FERRET GIRL by Colin Haskin
Released: July 26, 2011

"An absolutely wonderful debut with the potential to become a YA classic."
In a modern take on both Kafka and T.H. White, a young girl learns about life as a human by spending time in her pet ferret's world. Read full book review >

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COLIN HARRISON
by Gregory McNamee

In his 1954 James Bond novel Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming observed that owning a large number of books tends to go hand in hand with “serious criminal tendencies.” Bibliophiles may object to the thought, but over the long run of history, collectors of many things—paintings, postage stamps, golf courses—have been implicated in all sorts of crimes connected ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FALLING ANGELS by Colin Thompson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The story works on several levels, but it is the fascinating pictures that will have young readers and listeners asking to see it again and again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle fantasy about seeing with your heart as well as your eyes. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN ABDUL'S PIRATE SCHOOL by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Altogether, an annoying, not-very-funny book that may even frighten some children while aggravating their parents. (Picture book. 4+)"
With more than 60 books under his belt, author/illustrator Colin McNaughton obviously enjoys great popularity with the kindergarten set, although his latest is not about to endear him to parents any time soon. Read full book review >

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GUESS WHO'S JUST MOVED IN NEXT DOOR? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 4-8)*justify no*"
A one-idea story with a predictable conclusion but lots of intriguing details: As the reader progresses along a street of oddly shaped row houses inhabited by figures from folklore, storyland, and popular culture, sprightly verse enumerates the present neighbors and reiterates a refrain: ``Have they seen who's just moved in/Next door to us?'' A concluding foldout reveals the not-so-extraordinary new neighbors, a stereotypical nuclear family startled to find themselves surrounded by pirates, three pigs, King Kong, monsters, etc. Good pore-over fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Page layouts, as varied as the poetry, add visual interest to a robust collection whose humor, while occasionally gross, is sure to appeal to the target audience. (Poetry. 11-13)"
McNaughton's grimacing, pop-eyed cartoon figures are the perfect accompaniment for his uninhibited rhymes and free verse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STEEL PAN MAN OF HARLEM by Colin Bootman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Bootman delivers a reimagined "Pied Piper of Hamelin," set in 1940s Harlem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUSHIE BUTTERFIELD by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"ISBN: 0-00-715467-4). (Picture book. 5-7)"
McNaughton borrows a name from an old comic ballad (a reference likely to escape most readers on this side of the pond, though Sting has recorded it for a children's album) for a tricky calf who schemes to stay home from school for a week and a day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PARADISE GARDEN by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not all children will know how to take their futures in hand as Peter does, but the knowledge that they can try resides within these illuminating pages. (Picture book. 8-13)"
Thompson (Tower to the Sun, 1997, etc.) spins elements not so much of escape as solace in his story of a boy who flees the rattle and nonsense of his home life for the pastoral confines of an apparently endless city park. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BAKED BEANSTALK by Colin Stimpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Stimpson's money-can't-buy-happiness moral goes down easily with the help of his wonderfully atmospheric artwork. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Stimpson's authorial debut is a remaking of the timeless fairy tale that includes both a wonderfully fleshed-out city circa the 1930s and an ending that is happy for everyone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE’RE OFF TO LOOK FOR ALIENS by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Inspired metafictive read-aloud fun for an elementary audience. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a true testament to the old chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction, Dad shares his latest loopy children's book with his own kids. Mr. Mailman delivers a copy of We're Off to Look for Aliens, fresh from the printer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Jeremy's disability and unhappy future at the animal shelter disturbing, but the splendid conclusion makes this tale a joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this quirky Australian import, young George lives with his grandmother "and an empty place where his mother and father should have been." Read full book review >