Search Results: "Colin Stimpson"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MAP TO HAPPINESS by Peter Stimpson
Released: March 24, 2008

"A useful, no-nonsense primer on coping with everything from minor stresses to seismic life changes."
Debut author Stimpson draws on years of his advice columns published in church and local newspapers in this collection of strategies for navigating common challenges. Read full book review >

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ALEX by Jeff Stimpson
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Breath-catchingly evocative of life's elemental grace and messy dignity. (10 pp. photos)"
Journalist Stimpson debuts with a searing chronicle of life after the birth of his premature son. 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 >

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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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Children, and no few parents, may benefit from the reminder. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Children, including a leopard-skin-clad young "Colin," parade onto a curtain-lined stage in colorful costume to proclaim—in verse—bright visions of their futures: "When I grow up, / well, bless my soul. / I'll be the king / of rock ‘n' roll!" Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN ABDUL’S LITTLE TREASURE by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"A cautionary tale if ever there was one. (CD) (Picture book. 7-9)"

BOOK REVIEW

FISH FOR THE GRAND LADY by Colin Bootman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Lovely slice of life from a nearby nation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Two young Trinidadian brothers spend an idyllic morning at their favorite fishing spot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS by Colin Thompson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Captivating. (Picture book. 5+)"
The tale announcing the theme is quickly told: The ten-year- old narrator's grandfather returns from a life at sea to tell of fabulous Atlantis, to be found in his sea chest along with ``Everything you could ever want...if you know where to look for it''; then he sets out ``on his final voyage, across a sea of dreams.'' Grieving but curious, the boy explores from the attic down. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER BAG PRINCE by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"More than just another ecological fantasy, this dump is a compelling symbol of the earth itself; it's to be hoped that, like the old man, humanity will be here to welcome nature back if the pollution ever abates. (Picture book. 7+)"
A gaunt old man spends every day at the town dump, feeding the many creatures that live there, poking through junk for firewood, clothes, and paper bags, and trying to ignore the thundering trucks. 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 >