Search Results: "Dean Griffiths"


BOOK REVIEW

TWEEZLE INTO EVERYTHING by Stephanie McLellan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Though not startlingly insightful or original, this tale about an endearing monster family spotlights some very real moments of childhood growth. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tweezle is tired of being the baby monster of the family. He's a big boy now—and has some not-so-helpful ways of showing it! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STOWAWAYS by Meghan Marentette
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the tradition of memorable mouse heroes, the Stowaways deliver page-turning, cliffhanging, heartwarming, first-rate adventure. (map) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
An adventure-seeking mouse leaves the safety of home to search for his missing grandfather in the terrifying World Beyond, with perilous consequences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUMPITO AND THE PAINTER FROM SPAIN by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"A delight for dog lovers, if not particularly useful in arts education. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sweet-natured story about a real little dachshund (lump means "rascal" in German) who won Picasso's heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN EMILY CARR MET WOO by Monica Kulling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A well-meaning story that unfortunately lacks the originality, creativity and spirit of its subject. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book offers glimpses of the life of the iconic Canadian artist Emily Carr. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOGIE IN THE MIDDLE by Stephanie McLellan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"With their tangles of brightly colored fur, tiny fangs and tiny horns, these feline-esque monsters offer different perspectives of what 'middle' can mean. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Even monsters feel left out when they are middle siblings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD PIRATE by Kari-Lynn Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Arrrrguably the best piratical dogfight you'll ever sink your teeth into. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wicked smart pacing and playful art tell the tale of a pirate too doggone loyal for her own good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROUGH DAY AT LOON LAKE by Kathleen Cook Waldron
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2002

"An ingenious story, with the added fillip of outlaw behavior and some deliciously playful art. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A clever tale with real charm, wherein a couple of young animals score a victory on the golf course after nearly being indignantly ushered from the fairway. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONLY A COW by Arlene Hamilton
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

Joining the recent stampede of tales about cows looking for ways out of the chew-and-moo routine, this relentlessly average episode drops Lucille, a cow with an urge to be like the racehorse in the next pasture, onto a real track where she proceeds to do her own thing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT’S HOCKEY by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"He really gets into the spirit of the lark; the contestants are gamesome, open-mouthed, and good-natured, for in Bouchard's story there are no winners or losers, just a bunch of kids who play on and on until the dinner bell calls. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bouchard trumps our expectations in this winsome tale of how they play hockey in the Far North. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PERFECT MAN by Troy Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"A few children might identify Mr. Clark with a favorite teacher of their own, but even here his special qualities are clearer in retrospect. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In a sketchy tale likely to make its deepest impression on adult readers, a supportive teacher brings out a lad's inner "superpowers." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMO'S GARDEN by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A fine title for growing readers. (Early reader. 7-9)"
Timo the rabbit is eager to make his garden "great." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMO'S PARTY by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2017

"This warmhearted animal tale is a good choice for settings where longer stories for newly independent readers are needed. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Apple-grower Timo hates parties, but to help a friend he overcomes his timidity and hosts an apple festival. Read full book review >