Search Results: "Dave McKean"


BOOK REVIEW

MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Wild and alive, this visually extravagant fable of the marvel, power and active nature of the creative process howls at the moon. (art not seen in full color) (Graphic novella. 9-12)"
An award-winning British team conjures a haunting graphic novella that shows what happens when the complacent gods stop creating things and children pick up the slack. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC OF REALITY by Richard Dawkins
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Watch for this to be mooted and bruited in school board meetings to come. And score points for Dawkins, who does a fine job of explaining earthquakes and rainbows in the midst of baiting the pious."
A resounding denunciation of the enemies of science—namely, magical and supernatural thinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VARJAK PAW by S.F. Said
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2003

"Although the suspenseful atmosphere slides rather abruptly into surreal horror at the climax, several dangling plotlines will encourage readers to hope for the return of Varjak and his endearing companions. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A touch of magic realism lends spooky charm to Said's animal fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHOENIX by S.F. Said
by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An astrological twist on an age-old story; the echoes of Star Wars, The Golden Compass, and A Wrinkle in Time should win it fans. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Young Lucky is awakened one night to discover his linens seared by fire after having a dream of flying among the stars—but it was no dream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY HAIR by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"In the works since 2005 (and long available on audio, read by the author), this makes a rousing companion or 'hair' apparent to the likes of Keith Graves's The Unexpectedly Bad Hair of Barcelona Smith (2006) or Edward Koren's Very Hairy Harry (2003). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appropriately crazy art design places masses of Photoshopped hair swirling wildly around Gaiman's rhymed defense of unshorn locks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Wistful, witty, wise—and creepy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SAVAGE by David Almond
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The art ramps up the intensity of this provocative outing. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Fantasy and reality mix in the psychodrama of a fictional feral child who steps out of his story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW by SF Said
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's a rare sequel that so surpasses its predecessor; one hopes the neatly resolved plotlines don't preclude further installments. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Varjak Paw is back! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS by Neil Gaiman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

You know what they say: "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC OF REALITY by Richard Dawkins
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 23, 2011

"Plenty of well-designed, smoothly integrated special features only enhance this passionate, provocative scientific manifesto. (thumbnail-image chapter and page indexes) (iPad nonfiction app. 11 & up)"
In a terrific example of e-bookmaking, animations, audio clips and interactive demos embellish the full text and already-memorable illustrations of this bestselling take on What Is So and What Ain't. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUSPECTED OF INDEPENDENCE by David McKean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"For students of the Revolutionary era, the author delivers a useful biography of a significant player in the birth pangs of the new nation."
A descendant of little-known Founding Father Thomas McKean (1734-1817) places him "in the context of his times." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUATTROCENTO by James McKean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2002

"Well-researched but talky forays into intellectual issues raised by art, music, and science, all wrapped around a half-baked plot and silly characters."
An art curator falls in love with a Renaissance portrait as newcomer McKean, a violin maker, straddles two genres: the newly popular art-history novel and good old-fashioned time-travel SF. Read full book review >