Search Results: "David Parkins"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Kyi's fresh voice will have readers picturing themselves in the shoes of these real-life survivors. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Outlandishly enthralling tales of survival under extreme—extremely extreme—circumstances, peppered with do-and-don't tips. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG OXFORD BOOK OF THE MOVIES by David Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 1998

"Nevertheless—and even though the information only goes through 1995 (the year Braveheart won Best Picture at the Academy Awards)—this will be an ideal volume for young adults dreaming about film school and a future in movie-making. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Perhaps one of the most sweeping books for young readers on the subject, this exhaustive volume covers the history of movies, both technologically and artistically, all of the major genres, and all aspects of movie production. Read full book review >

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EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"2005). (Fiction. 9-11)"
Platt takes readers back more than 1,500 years, for a look at ancient Egyptian life from the point of view of a young scribe-in-training. Read full book review >

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AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"The motifs are familiar, the execution has life and wit, and the overall effect is captivating. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the stylized voice of a storyteller, replete with old-fashioned comparisons and idiosyncratic syntax, Root (Contrary Bear, 1996, etc.) tells of Aunt Nancy's triumph over Old Man Trouble by pretending that all the bad luck he sends her way are really blessings. Read full book review >

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THE INSIDE TREE by Linda Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Potter's noodlehead behavior will have kids anticipating and groaning throughout. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Potter lives a cozy life in his little house, enjoying tea by the fire and looking out at a fine tree in his yard, underneath which his dog sleeps. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF OLD BO BEAR by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"With prankish charm, Schertle and Parkins cleverly herald the delights of imaginative play. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mama insists that Old Bo Bear is "World Class Dirty" and so tosses him into the washer. Read full book review >

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AUNT NANCY AND THE BOTHERSOME VISITORS by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The first two stories were previously published individually in 1996, also illustrated by Parkins, but the inventive book design and crafty illustrations are right up Aunt Nancy's chicken coop and just ripe for a storyteller to sink her teeth into. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Aunt Nancy is a granny not to trifle with, whether it's Cousin Lazybones or Old Man Trouble, or doleful Old Woeful or sly Mister Death doing the trifling. Read full book review >

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BEN THE INVENTOR by Robin Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This easy read only lightly deals with a common childhood issue, and its winsome attitude makes it fun. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Ben and his best friend Jack face a crisis: Jack is moving away. Perhaps the wily pair can invent some way to prevent that? Read full book review >

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I’M A TRUCK DRIVER by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

"Well-suited to read-alouds that encourage participation, this is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to adults accustomed to the usual construction-truck fare. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A dream-come-true for lovers of construction trucks and big machinery. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Readers overwhelmed by the teeming scenes in Stephen Biesty's Rome in Spectacular Cross-Section (2003, written by Andrew Solway) will enjoy this lighter-weight journey into the past. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Oversized pages well-stocked with Parker's graceful women and burly, plain-featured men, this latest entry in Platt's Diary series brings second-century CE Rome to bustling life. Read full book review >

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JEEPERS CREEPERS by Laura Leuck
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

Twenty-six monsters, alphabetically arranged, enjoy a day at school in this cheerful offering. Read full book review >

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GOING UP! by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Not much for school-report fodder, but in the annals of American invention, Otis definitely rates the attention this profile (the first separate one for young readers since the 1970s) brings him. (Picture books/biography. 6-8)"
A buoyant if free-wheeling tribute to Otis—inventor not of elevators themselves, but of a safety brake that eased public fears of riding in them. Read full book review >