Search Results: "Eric Drachman"


BOOK REVIEW

BAD RATS by Eric Drachman
ANIMALS
Released: June 2, 2008

"Any promotion of the arts is worthwhile, but the main character here is the grown-up. (Picture book. Adult)"
Heart wins over Head in this nearly plotless fable that seems designed for adult sensibilities, rather than children's. Read full book review >

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LEO THE LIGHTNING BUG by Eric Drachman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Packaged with a lively, multi-voiced dramatic reading on CD. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Everyone wins in this comfortably conventional tale of a lightless young glowworm who finally gets the hang of lighting up. Read full book review >

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A FROG THING by Eric Drachman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

A frog with a yen to fly gives over to his ambition in this virtually trauma-free take on the popular theme. Read full book review >

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WATT O'HUGH UNDERGROUND by Steven S. Drachman
Released: May 20, 2014

"An unreliable narrator, but with all his charm and knack for stumbling upon adventures, readers won't mind."
Drachman's (The Ghosts of Watt O' Hugh, 2012) time-traveling hero returns for retribution against the man responsible for the death of his beloved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 28, 2011

"Fast-paced, energetic and fun; a dime novel for modern intellectuals."
Watt O'Hugh tangles with love, danger and high adventure in Drachman's engaging tale of Western science fiction and amazing fantasy. Read full book review >

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COLOR COMMENTARY
by Julie Danielson

I’ve always found it difficult to answer the what’s-your-favorite-color question, as the answer depends entirely on my mood. (I like deep blues for more contemplative times, but I need sunny yellow to help wake me in the mornings.)

Perhaps it’s even harder for artists to pick a favorite color. Is it like asking them to pick a favorite child? I ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RUTABAGA THE ADVENTURE CHEF by Eric Colossal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Colossal's debut outing is a cheerful if unexceptional popcorn read. (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
In a land with dragons and other monsters, a happy-go-lucky chef can also be a hero. Read full book review >

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I CAN SEE JUST FINE by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"It's hard to judge intent, but even if this might provide lighthearted reassurance for young squinters, it's going to leave more observant parents and other caregivers disquieted, at best. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Repeatedly uttering the titular protest, a child is dragged off to "see" the eye doctor in this neatly drawn, too neatly resolved take on a common experience. Read full book review >

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HIDING PHIL by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A slim story full of determination, problem-solving and pachyderm glee. (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's awfully hard to hide an elephant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The simple, thoughtfully told story includes repetitive phrases and a predictable structure with an emotionally satisfying ending as Mr. Seahorse sends his babies out into the watery world. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The striking single seahorse gracing the cover of this tribute to aquatic fatherhood could never be mistaken as anything other than one of Carle's consummately creative collage creatures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIE THE WHEEL by Eric Chenn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Tales from 'Gingerbread Boy' to Deborah Lund's All Aboard the Dinotrain (April 2006), illustrated by Howard Fine, better celebrate the joys and sorrows of going mobile. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A wheel finds more fulfillment in work than in being a work of art in this rough-hewn tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FRIEND RABBIT by Eric Rohmann
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Young readers and pre-readers will chortle at the silliness of it all while enjoying the sometimes-demanding friendship between these disparately sized chums. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Best known for fluid, superbly realistic oil paintings, Rohmann (Prairie Train, 1999, etc) switches to thick-lined colored woodcuts and a simpler pictorial style for this nearly wordless, engagingly wacky episode. Read full book review >