Search Results: "Don Calame"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Fearlessly foul, this consistently comical series should be required reading for all teenage boys and anyone else with a strong stomach and highly sensitive funny bone. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It's nice guy Sean's turn to shine in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly (2009) and Beat the Band (2010). Read full book review >

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SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fully realized secondary characters, realistically raunchy dialogue and the scatological subject matter assure that this boisterous and unexpectedly sweet read will be a word-of-mouth hit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This viscerally funny story of one boy's attempt to impress his ladylove by finishing four laps of the dreaded butterfly stroke in a swim competition by summer's end is sure to please fans of Pete Hautman's Rash (2006) and Randy Powell's Three Clams and an Oyster (2002). Read full book review >

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BEAT THE BAND by Don Calame
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

In this side-splitting sequel, Calame details the Swim the Fly (2009) guys' sophomore year, this time from the perspective of horny Cooper. Read full book review >

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DAN VERSUS NATURE by Don Calame
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2016

"Both derivative and pandering. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Dan and his stepfather-to-be go on a hike in the woods to bond. Read full book review >

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POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Despite the book's clarity, many young listeners still may not understand the enormity of the enterprise or its importance in U.S. history (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Brown brings to life a complex undertaking that had important repercussions, though his early-elementary audience may not be quite ready for it. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"These suspenseful and fast-paced nonfiction selections provide arresting snapshots of history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The Titanic's fateful maiden voyage receives a riveting review in Brown's latest work. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"This glimmer of the future inventor in his youth—sprinkled with quotations from Edison himself—may inspire a few daydreamers to get to work. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Thomas Edison's mother yanked him out of school when his teacher called her forever-daydreaming son "addled." Read full book review >

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MACK MADE MOVIES by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2003

"Columba, for a remarkable story time about books and movies. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Brown (Far Beyond the Garden Gate, 2002, etc.) moves forthrightly into more words and more detailed images in this picture-book biography of filmmaker Mack Sennett. Read full book review >

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UNCOMMON TRAVELER by Don Brown
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The figures are sketched with just enough line to keep them anchored, as we see Kingsley bat a crocodile on the snout, cross a ravine on a slippery log, and bathe in a starlit lake. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Brown has created a companion piece to his Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries (1999) by profiling yet another fascinating and relatively unknown 19th-century British woman. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN’S ALL-STAR JAZZ BAND by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Short biographies of each of the musicians are included at the end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grandpa Jack is a bit shy when he first arrives in Heaven, which, appropriately for a jazz fan like himself, takes the form of a Cotton Club peopled with jazz legends whose music Grandpa loved so much in life. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"He effortlessly imbues a small, appealing package with a lot of information, and a little inspiration besides. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Anning's life has proven irresistible for picture-book creators in recent months, with Catherine Brighton's The Fossil Girl (p. 627) and Laurence Anholt's Stone Girl, Bone Girl (p. 62) among the entries. Read full book review >