Search Results: "Ian Beck"


BOOK REVIEW

TEDDY’S SNOWY DAY by Ian Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The snowboarding sequence (also shown on the cover) will attract children who are interested in that winter sport, and Beck's charming teddy bear is an appealing character who seems destined for further episodes of getting lost. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this sequel to his previous story about a little girl named Lily and her bear named Teddy (Home Before Dark, not reviewed), Beck again follows a basic teddy bear lost-and-found plot line. Read full book review >

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS by Ian Beck
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Beck's pen and watercolor illustrations are clean and bright, suggesting real streams and jaunty ducks, yet with the popular appeal of cartoons. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``Five little ducks went swimming one day, Over the hills and far away,'' but when Mother duck calls, only four come back. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF TOM TRUEHEART by Ian Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"For most readers, however, this is likely too much talk and not enough action. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though long, predictable and open-ended, Beck's fantasy may still find a willing audience. Read full book review >

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PASTWORLD by Ian Beck
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The stereotyped stock characters are likable and the predictable plotlines are enjoyable, so what's wrong with that? (Science fiction. 13-15)"
To a Victorian London setting add a dash of airships, a pinch of spycams and a generous helping of gruesome murder for a collection of story elements bound to please. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"The author sets his renowned gift for breathlessly paced storytelling at full throttle, and the result, at once briefer and broader than Fred Marcellino's urbane version (1990), will leave younger audiences enthralled. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
With characters supplying punch lines and side commentary in Beck's vigorously inked cartoon illustrations, Pullman briskly reworks Perrault's tale of an orphaned miller's son who, thanks to a quick-witted feline companion, sets a new standard for rapid upward mobility. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIGORY & THE LOST KING by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"Fine fare for fans of Cressida Crowell's Viking farces and other Brit-flavored tales of derring-do. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Propelled from idle layabout to reluctant knight in Digory the Dragon Slayer (2006), the peace-loving lad—who, as the author puts it, is "just a bit older than you"—sets out along with intrepid best friend Princess Enid to recover the suddenly vanished King Widget. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFINGERS by J.M. Trewellard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"The big Arthur Rackham-like silhouettes aren't the only elements here that will strike readers as familiar, but fans of Angela McAllister's Digory the Dragon Slayer (2006), also illustrated by Beck, will find in Ned a similarly unlikely hero. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Trewellard kicks up her debut with tried-and-true folktale motifs. Read full book review >

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DIGORY THE DRAGON SLAYER by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Ready cheeks; insert tongues. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A happy go lucky young lutenist finds what he fancies is a dragon's tooth, and instantly gains an unwanted reputation as a mighty warrior in this none too serious mini-epic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Berlie Doherty
adapted by Berlie Doherty, illustrated by Ian Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"This beautifully designed work closely parallels the story used in most ballet productions and will serve as an excellent preparation for children before seeing a holiday ballet performance. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The midnight-blue cover of this lovely interpretation draws the reader into the story with a snowy scene of Clara holding the toy Nutcracker aloft, as the Sugar Plum Fairy unfolds a bright-pink banner announcing the title. Read full book review >

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READ ME A FAIRY TALE by Rose Impey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An unusually attractive introduction to these basic tales, for reading aloud or alone. (Folklore. 6-12)"
Fourteen of the best-loved tales from the Grimms, Joseph Jacobs, Perrault, Andersen, et al., in a lively style that retains their basic structure and flavor and much of their language. Read full book review >

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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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