Search Results: "Doug Garr"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A dramatic and well-told adventure story, with the high seas and pirates replaced by carpeted office corridors and MBAs."
The detailed story of a strong-minded business leader and his battle to reverse the failing fortunes of a major international corporation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Nonetheless, the point zings home: The food industry knows how to sell; now it has to sell the right thing."
Former food-industry executive and current anti-obesity advocate Cardello calls on his erstwhile colleagues to become custodians of their customers' well-being. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM THE LIZZARKS by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A promising first offering; now let's see where it goes. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
In a richly imagined amphibian-vs.-reptile world, Herk, a small, but plucky Nnewt, must face the viciously villainous Lizzarks after they destroy all that he holds dear.
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INSPECTOR HOPPER’S MYSTERY YEAR by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cushman also makes the bug world a pretty appealing place, with its fine colors, merry gesticulations, everyday happenings, and doubtless the only mealy bug in existence that sports luxurious mustachios and a dapper bowler hat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Cushman offers a second helping of good, just-this-side-of-goofy stories for beginning readers, featuring Inspector Hopper and McBugg, introduced in Inspector Hopper (2000). Read full book review >

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DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BONES by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Although informed by horror movies, the illustrations play down potential scariness in favor of humor, making this monster mystery a satisfying, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In this follow-up to Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (2006), the skeleton reporter/detective is on the trail of a missing book by Frankenstein monster-esque writer Edgar Bleek. Read full book review >

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DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Stay tuned for sequels. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AND MOLE AND THE YEAR-ROUND GARDEN by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A book that promises more than it delivers; still, the sprightly tone and cheery illustrations may arouse interest, and a knowledgeable adult could build on what's outlined here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Scientific American imprimatur on this Children's BOMC selection is misleading: the two animal friends' gardening between one spring and the next—planting vegetables, watching them grow, putting things by, enjoying the beach or making a snow mouse as they await the next garden task—makes an effective overview of seasonal activities, but it's marred by inattention to detail. E.g., Mole shows Mouse ``how to plant pea seeds,'' but no specifics are offered; four corn seedlings (in a single row under an apple tree) simply don't resemble corn in the cartoon- style illustrations; and while a substantial number of related facts are offered in boxes at page bottoms (e.g., ``under the garden'' are worms, ants, grubs, and aphids) they tend to be superficial (what is the significance of these underground creatures?). Read full book review >

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I KNOW WHO LIKES YOU by Doug Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Climaxed by a dazzlingly ingenious costume party and played out by a cast of teasing, but never mean-spirited preteens, plus a few grownups who actually have a clue, this mild but relentless farce will keep young readers solidly entertained from first page to last. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this amiable, and considerably superior, sequel to The Beloved Dearly (2002), friends fall apart, then draw back together in school, on the baseball field—and in charm school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 31, 1999

"It's very lightweight, doesn't take itself too seriously, and gives readers a funny first taste of some of the well-loved elements of mysteries. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-06-027720-3 A broadly comic, slapstick mystery. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2009

"Dumbed-down history delivered in purple prose."
An action-packed, breathless account of American special-forces heroics that helped defeat the Taliban in the months after 9/11. Read full book review >