Search Results: "Colin Meloy"


BOOK REVIEW

WILDWOOD IMPERIUM by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Like filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Meloy gives his antic imagination full rein to produce work that, if occasionally uneven, is brilliantly sui generis. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Drawing from wildly original tropes and paradigms and populated by a wide cast of characters old and new, this portrait of a magical world just outside mundane reality (here represented by Portland, Ore.) brings the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. Read full book review >

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WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy
by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"A satisfying blend of fantasy, adventure story, eco-fable and political satire with broad appeal; especially recommended for preteen boys. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Fans of Meloy's indie-rock band, The Decemberists, will recognize themes running through his engaging debut celebrating the struggle of ordinary folk (including plants and animals) to throw off tyranny and shape their destinies. Read full book review >

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THE WHIZ MOB AND THE GRENADINE KID by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A gleefully metafictional caper and middle-grade picaresque bound to appeal to discerning young readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Charlie, the shy son of an American diplomat in France, discovers a thrilling, dangerous underworld whose young denizens prey on the unsuspecting elite of 1961 Marseille. Read full book review >

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UNDER WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Reflecting on her Wildwood experience, Prue 'learned to not consider the minutiae of things, but rather take each episode as it came.' Take Prue's advice and enjoy the ride. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Droll and ornate, elegiac and romantic—the sequel to Wildwood (2011) brings readers deeper into and under the pine-scented, magical world tantalizingly close to Portland, Ore. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"A lovely parting gift."
Meloy, who died in 2004, reveals how wild animals, encountered in wild settings, impart beauty and meaning to our lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night."
Three families on a cruise are separated from their children during a shore excursion in Central America. Read full book review >

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THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"But with almost no plot, it seems more like the prologue for an upcoming adventure than a stand-alone story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ragtag army of creatures from outer space is headed this way, bent on conquering the Earth! Read full book review >

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DON’T STEP ON THE CRACK! by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The broadly comic cartoons may draw some giggles, but on the whole this uninspired flight of fancy never gets off the ground. (Picture book. 6-8)"
McNaughton (Oomph, p. 416, etc) takes the old warning about stepping on a crack and turns it into a series of less-threatening mishaps: one wrong step, and you might suddenly turn into a pig, or a girl ("your worst nightmare"), or your father might become a "hippy," your dog might wee on a massive punk, you might forget to put your trousers on before going off to school, and so forth. Read full book review >

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WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY PORRIDGE? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rock-and-roller's quiff!' (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
This collection of sophomoric verse from McNaughton (Preston's Goal, p. 897, etc.) isn't so much wicked as mean—"He's such a sweet pup,/I could eat him right up—/We'll have him tonight in the stew!"—and not so much playground-subversive as just plain dumb: "If I was a bird,/My wings I would spread,/I'd swoop over you/And plop on your head!" Read full book review >

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HOW TO LIVE FOREVER by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Children may not grow wiser for reading this book, but they will have their eyes filled—and thoughts provoked—on every page of amusing details and visual pranks. (Picture book. 7+)"
As with Thompson's Ruby (1994), this book may have more appeal for literate, pun-loving picture-book collectors than for children, but there are few readers who won't come away impressed with the sheer detail of the illustrations. Read full book review >

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WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE CEILING? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's all topped off when imagination meets reality in King Kong himself—who's tap-dancing on the roof in a spectacular foldout. ``Now that really [is] silly.'' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vertically-opening, one-idea book with sure child appeal: working from the ground up, each high-rise tenant imagines what could be making the racket immediately above (``It sounds like elephants on pogo sticks!'' ``It sound like a dinosaur dancing the fandango!''); both imagined and real activities (revealed with a page turn—in this case, kids bouncing on the bed) are depicted in lively cartoon style. Read full book review >

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SHH! (DON'T TELL MR. WOLF!) by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Silly and funny, even the youngest readers will enjoy this peekaboo chase as well as being in on the secret. (Picture book. 13)"
The nefarious Mr. Wolf is up to his nasty tricks again. Read full book review >