Search Results: "Francis Blake"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH ONLY ONE SHOE? by Simon Shapiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"This may spark a few imaginations, but its lack of directions and the difficulty level of most of the projects—not to mention its failure to impart reasons for reducing, reusing and recycling—make this one to skip. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Readers learn how to "Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent" what some might call trash into treasures.   Read full book review >

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STORIES AT THE DOOR by Jan Andrews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Good source notes cap a better-than-average collection. (Folktales. 10-12)"
Canadian yarnspinner Andrews offers tellable Anglicized versions of six lighthearted folktales drawn from diverse traditions. Read full book review >

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HOLLYWOOD IS MAKING YOUR FAVORITE FANTASY BOOKS INTO TV SHOWS AND MOVIES
by John DeNardo

Although most diehard readers prefer books over movies, they greet news of TV and film adaptations of the books they love with some amount of trepidation. That's an understandably cautious reaction; Hollywood has butchered more than a few adaptations. But there is also lots to be hopeful about. You get to re-experience the story you loved and others will ...


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7 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

You've seen 7 Fantasy Novels Heading to Film and TV. Now let's take a look at the science fiction books coming your way…

 

Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COCKATOOS by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day—``Good morning, my fine feathered friends!''—Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. Read full book review >

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ALL JOIN IN by Quentin Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Blake's ear is as good as his eye: his nifty turns of phrase are as much fun as his daft, hyperactive characters. Subversive, but never mind—''Join In!'' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Seven delightful poems, together with wickedly deft, hilarious illustrations, celebrate noise-generating activities: tantrums, gleeful squeals, sorting pots and pans, yowling back yard cats—even a bit of house cleaning ends in pandemonium here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will recognize, if not themselves, fellow students like Max who lose their bearings while trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Max Caldwell is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and in his account of his last year in high school, his voice sounds appropriately like a journalist. Read full book review >

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ROCK STAR, SUPERSTAR by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grabber historical fiction. (Fiction. YA)"
Music permeates Eric's life, including his current group, Mad Skillz, a cover band playing school dances in Portland, Oregon, in the 80s. Read full book review >

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BOY by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bildungsroman never goes out of style, and Nelson still executes it well, if predictably. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An affluent white teenage boy begins to question his place in his peer group after an odd new girl challenges his assumptions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series horrifically upends the bonds of sisterhood. Read full book review >