Search Results: "Dave Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

SNAP DECISION by Nathan Whitaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"A sports tale infused with moments of Christian prayer and frequent lessons in morality that never establishes itself as a realistic account of young teens, either on the field or off. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Two teenage boys struggle to shine on their varsity football team even while their own friendship suffers after one of them is injured. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD'S DOG by Eric Kahn Gale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An ingenious and entirely credible (at least dog lovers will agree with this) twist on the familiar tale. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A tardy corrective for previous versions of the legend of the Sword in the Stone—which leave out the dog. Read full book review >

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DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"'The secret to life is TREATS!' intones a canine yogi. With that, at least, even diapered dog devotees will concur. (Cartoons. 10-13, adult)"
A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches. Read full book review >

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ODDREY JOINS THE TEAM by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A winning theme for the early sports shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Oddrey and her friends learn about teamwork and fun on the soccer field in Whamond's newest offering about his kooky heroine. Read full book review >

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ODDREY AND THE NEW KID by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"For Oddrey to remain odd, she is going to have to hear the beat of a far different drummer. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Whamond's Oddrey's return, she must contend with a little touch of competition for the limelight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWENTY-SIX PRINCESSES by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Young readers and listeners of both sexes will laugh and agree. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A frog prince lets it be known that he's "receiving," and 26 applicants respond, from Princess Alice ("First to the palace") on through the rest of the letters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UGLY PUMPKIN by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"He laughed and said: No Way'—and illustrated in brightly colored paint-and-paper collage, this weak riff on the 'Ugly Duckling' may not earn high marks for botanical accuracy (all pumpkins are squash), but it does feature plenty of visual flash. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A club-shaped pumpkin gets dissed by a customer, all the other pumpkins, even twisted apple trees, before the sight of a motley crop of hubbards, acorns and banana squash brings on a personal epiphany: "O my gosh / I'm a squash." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHADOWS by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ethically iffy there at the end but overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A Bird Scout scavenger hunt sends avian buddies Speed Bump and Slingshot into that scariest of all places…a shopping mall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIRTEEN CHAIRS by Dave Shelton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"An enjoyable collection of ghost stories, perfect for reading by flashlight. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Summoning the courage to open a creaky door inside a spooky old house, Jack finds himself in a candlelit room with 12 strangers sitting around a table. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOON BABOON SOON by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A quick but thematically and sonically satisfying concert. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Chimpanzees play timpani. / Lemurs laugh along. / Orangutans bang everythang. Gorilla's got a GONG." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MARLANA PULLED A THREAD by Dave Eggers
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Inscrutable existential twaddle. (Picture book. Adult)"
A heartbreaking work of staggering self-indulgence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"By the time giant robot dinosaurs invade the city, parents of kids with tornado tendencies may find much that is recognizable—and their young ones reading along may find a kindred spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy with a hyperactive imagination encounters a machine that can bring to life his zany ideas in an assured if manic debut. Read full book review >