Search Results: "Janet McNaughton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET UNDER MY SKIN by Janet McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Readers hoping for a clear story arc, main characters who play major roles in events rather than just watching or hearing about them, or even just a bit of suspense, will be disappointed. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Inept plotting and pacing sinks this idea-rich import, set in Newfoundland. Read full book review >

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AN EARTHLY KNIGHT by Janet McNaughton
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2004

"The 'Tam Lin' elements of the tale are also faithfully rendered, but the story's earthly details tend to overwhelm the fairy magic, resulting in a sometimes awkward splicing of the two. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sandwiched between two ballads, "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" and "Tam Lin," is the story of Jenny, younger daughter of a minor Scottish-Norman noble. Read full book review >

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WE’RE OFF TO LOOK FOR ALIENS by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Inspired metafictive read-aloud fun for an elementary audience. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a true testament to the old chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction, Dad shares his latest loopy children's book with his own kids. Mr. Mailman delivers a copy of We're Off to Look for Aliens, fresh from the printer. Read full book review >

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OOMPH! by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A jolly cartoon atmosphere swathes the proceedings, thanks to McNaughton's comic artwork, and readers can take a few cues from Preston, who is a real gentleman, brimming with good manners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A whole lot of smooching distinguishes this latest Preston Pig adventure in which he (and Mr. Wolf) go for a vacation at the beach. Read full book review >

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CUSHIE BUTTERFIELD by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"ISBN: 0-00-715467-4). (Picture book. 5-7)"
McNaughton borrows a name from an old comic ballad (a reference likely to escape most readers on this side of the pond, though Sting has recorded it for a children's album) for a tricky calf who schemes to stay home from school for a week and a day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Children, and no few parents, may benefit from the reminder. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Children, including a leopard-skin-clad young "Colin," parade onto a curtain-lined stage in colorful costume to proclaim—in verse—bright visions of their futures: "When I grow up, / well, bless my soul. / I'll be the king / of rock ‘n' roll!" Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN ABDUL’S LITTLE TREASURE by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"A cautionary tale if ever there was one. (CD) (Picture book. 7-9)"

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"But with almost no plot, it seems more like the prologue for an upcoming adventure than a stand-alone story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ragtag army of creatures from outer space is headed this way, bent on conquering the Earth! Read full book review >

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DON’T STEP ON THE CRACK! by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The broadly comic cartoons may draw some giggles, but on the whole this uninspired flight of fancy never gets off the ground. (Picture book. 6-8)"
McNaughton (Oomph, p. 416, etc) takes the old warning about stepping on a crack and turns it into a series of less-threatening mishaps: one wrong step, and you might suddenly turn into a pig, or a girl ("your worst nightmare"), or your father might become a "hippy," your dog might wee on a massive punk, you might forget to put your trousers on before going off to school, and so forth. Read full book review >

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WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY PORRIDGE? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rock-and-roller's quiff!' (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
This collection of sophomoric verse from McNaughton (Preston's Goal, p. 897, etc.) isn't so much wicked as mean—"He's such a sweet pup,/I could eat him right up—/We'll have him tonight in the stew!"—and not so much playground-subversive as just plain dumb: "If I was a bird,/My wings I would spread,/I'd swoop over you/And plop on your head!" Read full book review >

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WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE CEILING? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's all topped off when imagination meets reality in King Kong himself—who's tap-dancing on the roof in a spectacular foldout. ``Now that really [is] silly.'' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vertically-opening, one-idea book with sure child appeal: working from the ground up, each high-rise tenant imagines what could be making the racket immediately above (``It sounds like elephants on pogo sticks!'' ``It sound like a dinosaur dancing the fandango!''); both imagined and real activities (revealed with a page turn—in this case, kids bouncing on the bed) are depicted in lively cartoon style. Read full book review >

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SHH! (DON'T TELL MR. WOLF!) by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Silly and funny, even the youngest readers will enjoy this peekaboo chase as well as being in on the secret. (Picture book. 13)"
The nefarious Mr. Wolf is up to his nasty tricks again. Read full book review >