Search Results: "James Kochalka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR EATS ADVENTURE PIE by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Kooky, bubble-gum fun. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 5-10)"
Silliness reigns supreme as the Glorkian Warrior finds himself on another goofy illustrated adventure that revolves around food and fart jokes. Read full book review >

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THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Vibrantly weird and wonderful. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
The Glorkian Warrior must leave his couch and face his heroic fate: to deliver a pepperoni pizza. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 25, 2008

"Johnny's debut is slender, even for the price, but he's a true crowd-pleaser: playful, clever and ever ready to forgive, forget or bellow out a BOO. (Graphic novel. 5-7)"
Kochalka dishes up a brief episode in comics-style panels, featuring two ghosts, a monster, melted ice cream and burping. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY BOO AND THE MEAN LITTLE BOY by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Closing with a jovial further discussion of Mean Little Boy's weeing habits, this entry should make as big a splash as the earlier episodes. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
Plenty of potty references and a bully who gets what he deserves thanks to a juicy "sneeze-boo" ensure chortles galore from the emergent-reader set for the ghostly Johnny's fourth appearance. Read full book review >

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THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR AND THE MUSTACHE OF DESTINY by James Kochalka
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Every volume seems to ratchet up the wackiness; readers can only guess—but most likely without success—where subsequent volumes will take them. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
In this third offering, the three-eyed titular hero and his Super Backpack team with a gang of young aliens to fulfill the prophecy of one unusual dream. Read full book review >

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SQUIRRELLY GRAY by James Kochalka
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"It's all a bit slight, but the shiny cover, simply drawn art and jaunty protagonist will draw readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Here, alternative-comics-artist Kochalka looks to a younger audience with a mixed-format tale featuring a bored squirrel who has adventures once he turns his TV off. Read full book review >

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DRAGON PUNCHER by James Kochalka
ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 2010

"Effervescently bizarre. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
Another quirky offering from the man behind the Johnny Boo series. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

This rhythmic ...


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CAPTURING AN AMERICAN ICON
by Julie Danielson

Husband and wife author and illustrator pair Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome have a whole slew of picture books under their belt, over a dozen books she’s written and he’s illustrated, many of them biographies.

But their newest, Before She Was Harriet, which will be on shelves next week, may be their best work to date. It’s a portrait of ...


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AWESOME OCTOBER
by Bobbi Dumas

Oh wow, too many great titles out this month!

I’m almost finished with Sherry Thomas’ second Charlotte Holmes/Sherlock Holmes book,  A Conspiracy in Belgravia and it’s just fabulous (full disclosure, Sherry Thomas sent me the audio CDs because I couldn’t get them from the audio publisher, but anyone who knows me knows I love everything she writes and ...


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