Search Results: "James Otis Thach"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TICKLE MONSTER IS COMING! by James Otis Thach
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While the rhythms are sometimes clunky, the text moves along swiftly, and there's just enough tame scariness here to thrill very little ones as they lie in wait for tickle monsters to pounce on them in their own bedrooms. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Readers/listeners get fair warning inside and on the back cover of this giggle-inducing rhyming bedtime story to be ever-vigilant for the dreaded Tickle Monster who sees and knows all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHILD’S GUIDE TO COMMON HOUSEHOLD MONSTERS by James Otis Thach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fun but forgettable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Yup—it's another book about a little girl making friends with the monsters who inhabit her house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS by Loren Long
by Loren Long, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Considering the author's track record and influences, it may find a welcome from younger audiences too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Continuing to find inspiration in the work of Virginia Lee Burton, Munro Leaf and other illustrators of the past, Long (The Little Engine That Could, 2005) offers an aw-shucks friendship tale that features a small but hardworking tractor ("putt puff puttedy chuff") with a Little Toot-style face and a big-eared young descendant of Ferdinand the bull who gets stuck in deep, gooey mud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS AND THE PUPPY by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the satisfying ending that results in a creative solution and a most happy reunion. Seek this out—'game on!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lovable Otis the tractor is back for a third adventure, in which he overcomes his fear to help out a new canine friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS AND THE TORNADO by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"Technically accomplished art plus uncomplicated characters, plot and theme (depressingly timely) add up to a likely crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Little Tractor That Could introduced in Otis (2009) gets another chance to shine when a violent weather event requires a daring rescue. Read full book review >

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OTIS AND THE SCARECROW by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fans will enjoy this more cerebral Otis and might build a little empathy along the way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otis the retro tractor is back in the fifth installment of the popular series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS REDDING by Jonathan Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography."
A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS SPOFFORD by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1953

"He throws wonderful spitballs in the classroom, gets chummy with a rat in the science lab, has the honor of collecting bugs for a local high school football hero-before he and Ellen- whom he bullies continually- finally have it out on the ice pond."
Perhaps not as spontaneous as her Henry Huggins and Ellen Tebbits stories, this still has some mighty funny moments and follows the infectious misdemeanours of Ellen's contemporary, Otis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN OTIS COURTED MAMA by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This excellent take on modern, blended families melds a believable, resonant story arc and winsome, child-appealing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coyote pup Cardell is perfectly happy with his parents. He lives in a cozy adobe cottage with his artist mom and visits his dad across the desert, sharing him with his stepmother and stepbrother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS LEE CRENSHAW by Rich Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Where Crenshaw blames society, readers should blame Hall."
It's hard to tell which is dumber: this unfunny satire or the redneck protagonist who narrates it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS THE OWL by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"May inspire budding owl enthusiasts. (additional information, activities) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A photographic guide to a young barred owl's first few months of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS AND THE KITTENS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there's an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day? Read full book review >