Search Results: "Devin Scillian"


BOOK REVIEW

MEMOIRS OF AN ELF by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Little Known Fact: lots of cheery text, exclamation marks and trendy electronic devices do not necessarily add up to a successful Christmas story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Santa's head elf delivers an hour-by-hour report as he and two other male elves assist Santa with his Christmas Eve deliveries, as well as an emergency delivery on Christmas morning. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS OF A HAMSTER by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"'Question: Who's the luckiest hamster in the world? Answer: ME!' Readers will probably agree. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A scary foray into the wide (indoor) world cures a hamster of any yen for adventure in this variation on the creators' Memoirs of a Goldfish (2010). Read full book review >

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MISSILE TOE by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The subtitle for the book is 'A Very Confused Christmas,' and many young readers will indeed be confused. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
A dozen humorous poems are inspired by Christmas-related words or phrases as a child might mishear them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAPPY’S HANDKERCHIEF by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

An African-American lad saves his family's bacon in a tale set during the Great Oklahoma Land Run. Read full book review >

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A IS FOR AMERICA by Devin Scillian
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"One might have more fun with Barbara Younger's Purple Mountain Majesties (1998) for Fourth of July storytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With its bright, full-page trompe-l'oeil paintings, one cannot fault this rhymed abecedarium for earnestness. Read full book review >

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DARIUS IN THE MEANTIME by Devin O'Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An accomplished and affecting debut."
A college grad struggles haplessly to define himself in this comic coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"In rich, lyrical prose, McKinney deftly honors both the man and the mystery."
The story of a great American actor whose art was burnished by an anguished life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Blending sensual fantasy and the supernatural, this vampire saga takes a welcome turn."
A surprising twist on the vampire trend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOAT RUNNER by Devin Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Murphy's debut novel is a purposely limited view of war, as was The Red Badge of Courage, but strong characters and compelling narrative convey the impact well beyond one family. An impressive debut."
An ambitious coming-of-age story centered on a Dutch family dealing with personal tragedy and the German occupation during World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAILY COMET by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A pleaser for fans of Adam Rex's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006) and like cineastic fare. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"Go to Work with a Parent" Day proves an eye-opening experience for a journalist's fact-loving son in this distinctively illustrated venture from the creators of Mrs. Marlowe's Mice (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. MAXWELL’S MOUSE by Frank Asch
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

This father/son team has concocted a delicious cat-and-mouse tale in which small outsmarts large. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIKE A WINDY DAY by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A good bet for sharing on a blustery day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Using just a few words per page, this father-and-son team creates an autumnal ode in which a girl imagines herself one with the wind. Read full book review >