Search Results: "Darren McKee"


BOOK REVIEW

ZACH APOLOGIZES by William  Mulcahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"While not many kids are likely to ask for repeated readings, still this new series is a useful tool for teaching valuable skills. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Counselor and psychotherapist Mulcahy makes his children's-book debut with the Zach Rules series, designed to give kids some coping tools for working through everyday problems. Read full book review >

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ZACH HANGS IN THERE by William  Mulcahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Teachers and parents may find this purposeful book useful, but most children will not. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Zach wants to swing successfully on the trapeze rings. Read full book review >

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ZACH MAKES MISTAKES by William  Mulcahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Not simplistic but relentlessly utilitarian. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zach's inattention to rules on a field trip results in a couple of embarrassing faux pas, but with help from a friend and a teacher he learns how to deal. Read full book review >

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STOP FOLLOWING ME, MOON! by Darren Farrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Bear's hilarious adventure begs for multiple readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear happily gathers mouthwatering foods from a park's visitors until he realizes the moon wants his feast. Read full book review >

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SIX MEN by David McKee
by David McKee, illustrated by David McKee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Truly a worthwhile lesson for adults and kids alike. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A parable of war for young readers—and old ones, too. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE’S PIGGY BANK by David McKee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"They say that virtue is its own reward, but young readers are more likely to be drawn by the art's invitation to people-watch than by this rather disagreeable lesson. (Picture book. 6-8)"
First US edition of a sketchy, surreal episode from the creator of Elmer the patchwork elephant, featuring busy, wildly canted street scenes filled with camera-wielding tourists and stage business. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU, OCTOPUS by Darren Farrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2014

"A terrific read-aloud; each repeat visit will ensure gleeful participation, as readers practice both tone and volume. A maritime—and bedtime—delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a well-meaning octopus helps his buddy to bed, silliness ensues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU SEEING ME? by Darren Groth
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"There's a warm family story amid the didacticism, but the sense that autism must be constantly explained and justified to outsiders is discomfiting. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Australian twins Perry, who has a brain condition, and Justine, who is his full-time caregiver, travel together to Vancouver. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE MOUNTAIN by Darren Shan
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Utter dreck; even the most devoted fans of the series will feel cheated. (Fiction. 11+)"
Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELL'S HORIZON by Darren Shan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 2011

"Chilly, grim and confusing, with not a sympathetic character in sight: Shan fans only need apply."
Second installment in Shan's fantasy urban noir series (Procession of the Dead, 2010) set in an unnamed city ruled by fearsome gangster The Cardinal. Read full book review >

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PROCESSION OF THE DEAD by Darren Shan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 2010

"Graphic, inventive, yet heartless in every sense; presumably, however, fans who grew up with Shan will stick around for the upcoming installments."
Gangster fantasy—call it thugpunk—with a curious history: The book, a revised version of Ayuamarca: Procession of the Dead (1999), resurfaced in the U.K. in 2008 as the first of a trilogy; Shan himself is better known as the popular author of gruesome YA fantasies (Dark Calling, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >