Search Results: "Erik Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLAR OPPOSITES by Erik Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"While the anthropomorphized pair has nothing in common with their real counterparts apart from location, the light story makes this a refreshing change from traditional opposite books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Penpals Alex Polar Bear and Zina Penguin are polar opposites, living on opposite sides of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS' STORY NOOK by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"While sequels can sometimes be disappointing, readers and listeners who enjoyed Miss Brooks' first appearance will likely be very happy to find out what happens next—and they just might be inspired to create some tall tales of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Energetic, book-loving Miss Brooks is back, as is Missy, the grumpy, stumpy, hat-wearing reluctant reader-turned-bookworm who is her biggest fan (Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't), 2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AMAZING ERIK by Mike Huber
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"A book more about feelings than story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lessons in dealing with sadness and offering compassion dominate this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT’S LIFE, SAMARA BROOKS by Daniel Ehrenhaft
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A few funny, touching moments cannot save this convoluted mess. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ridiculous theories of science and the paranormal destroy a promising story of nature vs. nurture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOO’S SURPRISE by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The successful balance between fantasy and realism creates a satisfying chapter-book selection. (Fantasy. 5-9)"
Boo's imagination continues full force in this gentle sequel to Boo's Dinosaur (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I WERE A WHALE by Shelley Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The book's heart is in the right place, but its execution serves neither subject nor audience even adequately. (Board book. 1-3)"
Rhyming text introduces youngsters to a smattering of whales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO HAS THIS TAIL? by Laura Hulbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A great challenge for kids who have already mastered the basic pets and farm animals. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Hulbert and Brooks' second pairing (Who Has These Feet?, 2011) sets readers to identifying animals by their tails and learning how those tails help them adapt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOODSIE by Bruce Brooks
by Bruce Brooks, illustrated by Erik Butler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Wit and intelligence run as undercurrents to the game action, with a surprising ending that will have readers wild for the next installment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the first book of the promising Wolfbay Wings series, Dixon Woods is new to hockey and new to the Wings, last year's regional champs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO HAS THESE FEET? by Laura Hulbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Young animal fans will find much to enjoy and are sure to ask for multiple readings. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Who has these feet and what do they do? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOO’S DINOSAUR by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Frequent warm black-and-white illustrations extend the text and provide ample visual cues in this reassuring tale of sibling love for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Little sister Boo will not leave big brother Sammy alone so he can read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"While the author's intentions are obvious and laudable, the end result is barely palatable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
If you're hungry for a good story, skip this saccharine and potentially confusing paean to the joys of satisfying our inner selves with love from family, friends and pets. Read full book review >