Search Results: "Cushman Doug"


BOOK REVIEW

PIGMARES by Cushman Doug
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! Read full book review >

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SPACE CAT by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Fans of Commander Toad will sign on happily to this promising start, which features lots of aliens in oogy shapes and colors, a Fritz Lang-ish robot who really needs to be kept out of the kitchen, and an intrepid tiger-striped Lead clad in a nifty spacesuit. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Working up an idea he claims he had when he was ten, Cushman introduces a resourceful feline space explorer, with a feckless sidekick robot named Earl. Read full book review >

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INSPECTOR HOPPER by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"What does charm in these pages is the artwork, with its warm colors, landscapes as seen from insect level, and its atmosphere of adventure, even if it materializes only in the slightest of measures. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The accent in Cushman's beginning reader is decidedly on the act of reading, as the story itself, broken into three fleeting chapters, has little momentum or interest of its own, let alone the brio or dash any detective story should. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUMPKIN TIME! by Erzsi Deàk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Other, stronger picture books on this theme abound. (recipes, pumpkin facts) (Picture book. 2-4)"
A celebration of gardening and the harvest doesn't quite deliver a full-grown story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

With illustrations in a noir-ish gray and a merciless hand with the double entendres, Cushman sets elephant-in-a-trench-coat Nick Trunk, Private Eye ("I work for peanuts") on the track of diva Lola Gale's missing marbles—her lucky marbles, that is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW BLEW INN by Dian Curtis Regan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This family's hospitality is just what is needed on a cold wintry day—heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A joyous look at generosity and hospitality as a snowstorm packs the Snow Blew Inn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSPECTOR HOPPER’S MYSTERY YEAR by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cushman also makes the bug world a pretty appealing place, with its fine colors, merry gesticulations, everyday happenings, and doubtless the only mealy bug in existence that sports luxurious mustachios and a dapper bowler hat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Cushman offers a second helping of good, just-this-side-of-goofy stories for beginning readers, featuring Inspector Hopper and McBugg, introduced in Inspector Hopper (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BONES by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Although informed by horror movies, the illustrations play down potential scariness in favor of humor, making this monster mystery a satisfying, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In this follow-up to Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (2006), the skeleton reporter/detective is on the trail of a missing book by Frankenstein monster-esque writer Edgar Bleek. Read full book review >

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DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Stay tuned for sequels. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AND MOLE AND THE YEAR-ROUND GARDEN by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A book that promises more than it delivers; still, the sprightly tone and cheery illustrations may arouse interest, and a knowledgeable adult could build on what's outlined here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Scientific American imprimatur on this Children's BOMC selection is misleading: the two animal friends' gardening between one spring and the next—planting vegetables, watching them grow, putting things by, enjoying the beach or making a snow mouse as they await the next garden task—makes an effective overview of seasonal activities, but it's marred by inattention to detail. E.g., Mole shows Mouse ``how to plant pea seeds,'' but no specifics are offered; four corn seedlings (in a single row under an apple tree) simply don't resemble corn in the cartoon- style illustrations; and while a substantial number of related facts are offered in boxes at page bottoms (e.g., ``under the garden'' are worms, ants, grubs, and aphids) they tend to be superficial (what is the significance of these underground creatures?). Read full book review >