Search Results: "Elwood Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL WITH PIRATE PETE AND PIRATE JOE by A.E. Cannon
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Yos and Hos galore. (Easy reader. 6-8)"

BOOK REVIEW

ZOO AH-CHOOOO by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Break out the earplugs, not the tissues, for this ah-choo-filled read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There's an outbreak at the zoo! (Of germs, that is.) Read full book review >

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SEÑOR PANCHO HAD A RANCHO by René Colato Laínez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Chock-full of bicultural fun on the farm. (glossary, pronunciation guide, author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Colato Laínez (The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, 2010) presents a bicultural rendition of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," one of the most widely known and loved children's songs. Read full book review >

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HOW TO DRAW WITH YOUR FUNNY BONE by Elwood H. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Smith's pictures are always good for a hoot, though tyros will get a truer start from Ed Emberley's classic manuals. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage instruction for would-be cartoonists from a veteran, self-billed "Trained Professional Artist." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT SALMON KNOW by Elwood Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Strong, unsettling tales, narrated in a spare, pungent prose; further evidence that writing about the working classes, once a staple of American fiction, isn't extinct yet."
Tough-as-nails stories of blue-collar men running low on chances, luck and hope, by the author of the novel If I Don't Six (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT SUN by Elwood Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Worst of all, Reid's dark take on New Age madness ends in moral confusion—and it doesn't seem deliberate or artful, just simply confused. Might be perfect for the big screen after all."
Tough-guy writer Reid (What Salmon Know, 1999, etc.) jacks up his prose with a movie-scenario plot that poorly serves his talent for clean and straight-forward writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP by Susan E. Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, illustrated by Terry Sirrell (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Declaring that "it's time take poop out of the closet," Goodman plops factual pellets from human and natural history alike into topical chapters covering dung's nature; production; varieties; uses in love, war, and, yes, sports; the development of flushing toilets (pointedly scrubbing the myth that Thomas Crapper was solely responsible); toilet paper; and urban waste reclamation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 18, 2012

"High-quality, literate mysteries bound to please."
Elwood's fourth short-story mystery collection revolving around the Beary family, written in the tradition of classic golden-age cozies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

D.B. by Elwood Reid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2004

"A sour, painfully slow tale, with two dull protagonists."
The title's initials refer to D.B. Cooper, the 1971 hijacker, you may remember, who vanished into thin air. Here, Reid (Midnight Sun, 2000, etc.) imagines his subsequent life. Read full book review >

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TO CATCH AN ACTRESS by Elizabeth Elwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2005

"The classic murder mystery plots are reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen, and the charming, quirky Beary family make Elwood's stories enjoyable, if somewhat one-dimensional."
A lively Vancouver family solves more than its share of murders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILLY SCHOOL RIDDLES by Lisa Eisenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Smith's genially goofy illustrations accompany this equally amiable collection. (Early reader. 6-8)"
"When you're having trouble with math, what can you always count on for help? Your fingers!" Read full book review >