Search Results: "Derek Landy"


BOOK REVIEW

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT by Derek Landy
FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A high-intensity tale shot through with spectacular magic battles, savage mayhem, cool outfits, monsters, hidden doors, over-the-top names, narrow escapes, evil schemes and behavior heroic, ambiguous and really, really bad. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Landy gives the term 'deadpan humor' a whole new meaning; readers who prefer their heroes laconic and their action nonstop are in for a wild ride. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a kicking sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant (2007), 13-year-old Valkyrie Cain (née Stephanie Edgley) and her bony, ever-dapper mentor face off against both a sorcerer rated "11" on the 10-point Evil Villain Scale and the more-or-less unkillable chimera he raises up to summon back some terrifying elder gods. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Rattling good fun. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
It's another near squeak for humanity as the laconic, more-or-less dead detective with the natty fashion sense and his young adrenaline-junkie sidekick Valkyrie Cain (née Stephanie) face off against the Diablerie—an all-too-capable gang of supervillains who always seem to stay one step ahead in their scheme to bring the vengeful Elder Gods back to this plane. Read full book review >

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DEREK JETER PRESENTS NIGHT AT THE STADIUM by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"A direct riff on Night at the Museum. Also, by now younger readers will barely remember Jeter as a player, so the lionization may need some explanation. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young New York Yankees fan gets some unexpected help in his quest for an autograph from his favorite (ex) player. Read full book review >

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CASEY AND DEREK ON THE ICE by Marty Sederman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Pullen's oil paintings aptly complement the larger-than-life plot, the characters' earnest faces canvasses for their emotions as they give the game their all. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A "Casey at the Bat" for the hockey fan. Read full book review >

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A LETTER TO TIA by Don Landy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2013

"A poignant, sometimes-heartbreaking love song to Landy's special pets."
Landy (Unconditional Love, 2011), in this memoir, chronicles the emotional highs and lows of helping a dog through devastating illness. Read full book review >

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STORY COUNTY by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Chicken rocking her eggs to sleep, here's a cheery invitation to children to imagine stories or story stages of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a fit of metafictional worldbuilding, Farmer and four animals march gaily onto blank pages and proceed in steps to build a barn, pour out brown fields (from a bag of "Instant Farm Field"), plant tall cornstalks and haystacks, erect a scarecrow (a princess, thanks to Miss Cow) and finally paint in an evening sky. Read full book review >

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BLUE BURT AND WIGGLES by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A pure pleasure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two best friends fail to keep summer from ending, but won't let winter end their friendship. Read full book review >

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HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >

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GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >