Search Results: "Garry Parsons"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGONSITTER by Josh Lacey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Except for the chocolate cure, it's much like trying to care for an oversized cat…that, OK, breathes fire. (Farce. 7-9)"
Caring for a traveling relative's pet isn't usually quite so…fraught. Read full book review >

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STUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"The puddle doesn't look all that gooey in the pictures, but this will still make a splash, both with groups and audiences of one. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fine fare for children who think grown-ups are big sillies, this cumulative barnyard tale features a chick in a mud puddle and a lengthening string of helpful animals who get stuck trying to pull him out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DINOSAURS ARE HAVING A PARTY! by Gareth P. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though the concept has plenty of promise, this is one title that deserves a quick extinction from your shelves. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A slapdash dino tale guaranteed to please some and infuriate others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY’S BUCKET by Kes Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative boy gets a bucket for his birthday, and when he fills it with water, a deep sea-world emerges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE AT THE DINOSAUR CAFE by Brian Moses
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Sure to be a favorite. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Moses's latest turns into a rollicking rhyming showdown when Tyrannosaurus shows up to eat at the old-fashioned diner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE YOU THE PIRATE CAPTAIN? by Gareth P. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A point worth pondering, however facile its making. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Arrrgh! A job opening on a jolly pirate ship turns out to be unexpectedly hard to fill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DINOSAUR THAT POOPED A PLANET! by Tom Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"It's easy to smell a storytime hit, thanks to the combination of unvarnished doggerel and poop in literally astronomical quantities. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When Danny takes his voracious pet dinosaur into space but forgets to bring lunch, there's only one way to get back home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND THE BLUE MOON  by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Will likely sell well, as usual—but also as usual, the essays and the storyline are aimed at different audiences. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and Annie again tackle "crazy squillionaire" Alioth Merak as the megalomaniac takes another stab at dominating the world (and beyond). Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE SHADOWS OF THE SUN by Alexander Parsons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"Second-novelist Parsons (Leaving Disneyland, 2001) unnecessarily overloads the scales: His sensitive evocation of historical atrocities and a scouring way of life would be affecting enough without the pile-up of misery."
War, dispossession and atomic fallout afflict a decent ranching family in 1940s New Mexico. Read full book review >