Search Results: "Colin Jack"


BOOK REVIEW

THE QUIRKS AND THE QUIRKALICIOUS BIRTHDAY by Erin Soderberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This birthday-anxiety story is made fresh by both the twins' dynamics and the riddles. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
The Quirk twins, about to turn 10, disagree about how to celebrate against a backdrop of magical mishaps. Read full book review >

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IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A DINOSAUR by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Well-trodden dino turf, but the grass is still fairly green. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A tongue-in-cheek look at some of the many ways that idle household dinosaurs can be put to work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO NEBULON! by Ray O'Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Zack feels like a new best friend, even if he lives light years away. (Science fiction. 5-9)"
Moving is always hard, especially if you are 8 years old and your new home is a new planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PIRATE'S MOTHER GOOSE by Nancy I. Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nit-picking aside, here be a collection that pint-sized pirates will be pleased to return to again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Mother Goose exchanges sweet niceties for cutlasses, eyepatches, and gold teeth galore in this piratical updating of nursery-rhyme favorites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Sharp extraterrestrial inquiry—and a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A surprisingly thorough and accessible journey into the possibilities of life outside of planet Earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNLIKE OTHER MONSTERS by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"A quirky friendship story with lots of humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young monster breaks a taboo against friendship—kind of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GNOME-A-GEDDON by K.A.  Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"In the end, the lampoon falls victim to its own sense of irony, making Buck feel like a secondary character in someone else's story and not quite a protagonist in his own. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As the title indicates, a novel that attempts to subvert and poke fun at fantasy tropes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT'S NOT BUNNY! by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A disappointing effort, particularly when compared to Barton's much more entertaining and creative Shark vs. Train. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hawk with deplorable aim seems fated to become an unhappy vegetarian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONS FROM MARS by Deborah Aronson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bust. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it (fiery breath and all). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOADS ON TOAST by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"When the author suggests that the recipe 'can be a favorite in your family, too,' many people in the audience will be inclined to believe it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Toads are not a breakfast food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

1 ZANY ZOO by Lori Degman
by Lori Degman, illustrated by Colin Jack
ANIMALS
Released: July 20, 2010

"Crackling good fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fearless fox filches keys, and crazy creatures stir up all kinds of mischief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"The opener offers hope that Doyle can do better than this forced effort to capitalize on a solid premise and main cast. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The Talaska family enters a contest to have their ramshackle house made over by a crew of amusement-park clowns. What could go wrong? Read full book review >