Search Results: "Dean Pitchford"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG ONE-OH by Dean Pitchford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"For those who want to be grossed out and especially for reluctant readers, this succeeds brilliantly. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Charley is about to turn the big one-oh and wants to have a birthday party in celebration. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN NOBODY by Dean Pitchford
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"The whole premise is entirely implausible, but the humor and compassion are sure to appeal to reluctant readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ten-year-old Newton Newman's big brother Chris is the town football star, and Newt tends to be forgotten in the glare of the spotlights on his beloved brother. Read full book review >

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FOOTLOOSE by Kenny Loggins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2016

"'Slip on your dancin' shoes,' indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two children who hide in the zoo after closing witness zookeeper Jack getting down with all the animals in this re-envisioning of the iconic movie song. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Given patient listeners, this Carnegie Medal-winner makes a leisurely but finally engaging read-aloud. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A handsomely repackaged edition of a WWII-era pastoral fantasy, with Watkins-Pitchford/BB's witty white-on-black illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT KETTLES by Dean Morrissey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Readers are likely to ignore the unexceptional plot and characters to pore over the pictures, which are executed with dazzling virtuosity. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Having met the Sandman himself in Ship of Dreams (1994), Joey falls in with a larger cast of elementals, including Father Time and Mother Nature. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT AND THE BEDTIME BLUES by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Much better books about not being able to sleep abound—skip these bedtime blues. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After a fun-filled day at the beach, Pete and his friends decide to continue the fun with a sleepover, but if they can't sleep, will it still be fun? Read full book review >

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GIRLS ON FILM by Zoey Dean
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Straight series pop fiction, this guilty pleasure of a read again offers girls the fun of peeking through a chink in the gated walls of the rich, the beautiful, and the mean. (Fiction. YA)"
In Dean's second label-laden soap opera and shopping go-round, Anna Cabot Percy, the patrician, beautiful WASP transplant from New York, again crosses swords with Beverly Hills's A-List girls, the exceedingly wealthy but troubled daughters of Hollywood's elite show-business moguls, agents, and actors. Read full book review >

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MONSTER MADNESS by Dean Lorey
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The middle-school set will snap up this rollicking romp. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The comic mayhem continues in this first sequel to 2007's fluffy-but-fun Nightmare Academy, a sort of Men in Black for kids. Read full book review >

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AN UNCLEAN ACT by Dean Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Not entirely successful in its exchanges between narrators but, still, an instructive story of America's own links to religious intolerance that's robustly and eloquently imagined."
A debut by Burgess—whose own ancestors are the main characters—is set in the 17th century: it not only tells the spicy tale of probably the first recorded divorce in the American colonies but chronicles the increasing animosity of Puritans toward those professing other beliefs. Read full book review >

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THE SKINS OF DEAD MEN by Dean Ing
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"It's the no-tech that sustains interest—T.C., Al, and a thoroughly likable supporting cast. (Radio satellite tour; author tour)"
A feisty schoolteacher and a lively eight-year-old team up in this high-tech tale that works in spite of its techie pretensions. T.C., a.k.a. Read full book review >