Search Results: "Gary Chalk"


BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE DOODLE by Gary Chalk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 1993

"Not essential, but a curiosity that may engage some readers (and impulse buyers). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The American Revolution, reenacted by mice and other animals on hobbyhorses, rather like Redwall's heroics; recounted in verse that can be sung to the mocking redcoat song the rebels defiantly adopted (``Redcoats were surprised to find/Us Yankees set on winning./At Lexington a shot rang out,/It was the war's beginning!''); and augmented with more facts and asides (``Does this mean they're going to free the slaves?'' asks a raccoon/Native American). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN THE WARRIOR by Brian Jacques
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Enjoy. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The generic Jacques yarn features an intrepid mouse aided by a stalwart squirrel, a bumbling, country-accented but doughty mole or hedgehog, and a seemingly foppish but actually steely hare; these precious few face a monstrous warlord (here, a weasel) and his motley crew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FULL CIRCLE by Allan Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A happily fanciful wrap-up, with a whole new adventure likely to come. (Animal steampunk. 7-10)"
Completing their quest, Trundle and Esmeralda literally reconfigure their whole world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIR WINDS TO WIDDERSHINS by Allen Jones
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A fast and jolly gambol, with four more promised. (Steampunk. 7-10)"
Quest adventure, animal fantasy and baby steampunk all figure into this second madcap romp around the universe with hedgehogs Esmeralda and Trundle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHALK WHISPERS by Paul Bishop
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2000

"Not every cop can wrest drama from his experiences, and Bishop needs more seasoning before he can shine the badges of Waumbaugh and Caunitz."
Fey Croaker, daughter of a cop and a cop herself, and still struggling with a legacy of incest at the hands of dear, old, corrupt dad, finds herself and her team of five mired in a murder case with clues that reach back 30 years to her father and his partner Jack Kavanaugh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE OVER SWALLOWHAVEN by Allen Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Fast-moving quest fantasy with cool vocabulary and a quickly written vibe. (Animal steampunk. 7-10)"
Fighting pirates and waking a phoenix in a volcano are the two primary events in this third installment of a six-part outer-space animal-steampunk adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUNDLE'S QUEST by Allen Jones
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers who revel in collections and patterns will enjoy finding the crystal crown here and will look forward to the next five books that promise the next five crowns. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
In a bizarre but good-natured genre mashup, two hedgehogs run around outer space fighting pirates and seeking talismans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIEL OF REDWALL by Brian Jacques
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 1992

"Mariel marries Dandin, peace returns to Redwall, and it would be churlish to complain. (Fiction. 9+)"
In volume four of the Redwall Abbey saga, peace is threatened when Mariel—a fierce young mousemaid who's lost her name but kept her hatred for Gabool, the pirate rat king—arrives worn and half-starved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"You can't help but admire how Yates slowly unravels his players' safety nets—their minds—one roll of the dice at a time."
In Yates' debut, six college friends learn the hard way that games are never just games once they're made personal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHALK & CHEESE by Tim Warnes
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"While adult readers who have traveled with little ones will empathize with the indulgent Chalk, its appeal to children is less clear. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A white dog named Chalk and a cheerful British mouse named Cheese explore New York City together in this well-intentioned but confusing story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >