Search Results: "Jason Cockcroft"


BOOK REVIEW

COUNTERCLOCKWISE by Jason Cockcroft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sadly, many Briticisms have been Americanized for publication on these shores. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Nathan's life changes when his mother is hit by a bus and dies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DADDY’S LULLABY by Tony Bradman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Fans of Mark Graham's similarly atmospheric pictures will grow misty-eyed over these, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A loving valentine to young fathers everywhere, this British import pairs a murmurous monologue with low-lit, realistically detailed illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANK YOU, GRANDPA by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though rather sweet, this will provide comfort in times of loss with its reassurance that death is part of the natural cycle of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Soft-focus illustrations in greens and blues, warmed by touches of orange and gold, and set off by warm orange end-papers set the mood for the brief text that tells the story of a young girl and her beloved grandfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT PAUL by David Self
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"The most glaring omission is the lack of a chart of the Bible books that are attributed to Paul; only a vague reference indicates that Paul's letters are found in the New Testament. (Religion. 8-12)"
What we know of the complicated life of this early Christian missionary is related through several books in the New Testament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SONG IN BETHLEHEM by Marni McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Soft-focus illustrations of the nighttime story are suffused with blue light and highlighted with tiny flecks of white that suggest magical starlight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This original Christmas story with a Nativity setting features a girl as the main character, a welcome addition to the flock of stories about visitors to the Manger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOM FOR A LITTLE ONE by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The poetic patterned text with just a few, well-chosen lines is quietly powerful and will be accessible to little ones just learning about the Christmas story. (Picture book. 2-7)"
The old concept that all the animals were welcomed with kindness into the stable in Bethlehem is the theme of this evocative exploration of the Nativity story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLYWISE by Judith Nicholls
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Group this with Martin Waddell's Owl Babies (1992) and Jill Tomlinson's The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (2001) for a trio of owl comfort. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fragile and unsure, the new owlet breaks free from his shell only to be confronted with the question of his own identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW PONIES by Cynthia Cotten
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Paintings full of quick brushstrokes of color layered on a softly muted landscape make this a beautiful as well as a magical read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a dreary, gray day, Old Man Winter goes out to his barn and releases his snow ponies to gallop across the cold, hard ground, bringing winter to everything they touch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DANDELION WISH by Sandra Ann Horn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"If this is a printing error, it's an egregious one; if the producers changed their minds midstream about the ethnicity of Jo, they should have aimed for consistency. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A dreamy and slightly surreal picture book with a truly odd visual kink. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Blending elements of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this exciting, well-paced adventure, the first in a series, is sure to be a hit. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When orphan Benjamin Bartholomew Piff makes a birthday wish for unlimited wishes, he follows the rules—eyes closed, he blows out all of the candles and doesn't reveal his wish—and suddenly, each wish he makes comes true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMAZING ADVENTURES FROM ZOOM’S ACADEMY by Jason Lethcoe
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Not exactly groundbreaking, but above average as media tie-ins go. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A 13-year-old klutz earns entry to an airborne Academy for young superheroes, and proves her mettle when students and faculty from a rival institution attack the school for supervillains. Read full book review >