Search Results: "Jeff Rackham"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RAG & BONE SHOP by Jeff Rackham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A tale of initially great but subsequently diminished expectations."
An ambitious first novel from short-fiction writer and editor Rackham—a multivoiced story of Charles Dickens's long affair with actress Ellen Ternan—offers a saucily imagined but uneven view of life behind the screen of Victorian propriety. Read full book review >

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STOP MATH by Jeff Weigel
by Jeff Weigel, illustrated by Jeff Weigel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"Math taken to its fundamentals in a fun, well-paced story and with enough of a challenge to maintain steady interest. (iPad storybook app. 7-12)"
A simple app with historical leanings that should keep mathematics from becoming a kid's personal Gitmo. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS by Jeff Newman
Kirkus Star
by Jeff Newman, illustrated by Jeff Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Through confident brushwork, done in a stylized '50s modern aesthetic, the artist's images reveal sports' deep truths about acceptance, a willingness to try and the intergenerational connections they bring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a new town for a baseball-loving protagonist. Read full book review >

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LOVE THAT KITTY! by Jeff Jarka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Pleasant if predictable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jarka's frenetic cartoon family is back, this time coping with young Peter's feverish adoption of all things feline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ATOMIC ACE AND THE ROBOT RAMPAGE by Jeff Weigel
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Shelve it next to Bob McLeod's Superhero ABC (January 2006) and Ross MacDonald's Another Perfect Day (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having extolled the merits of his superhero father in Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad) (2004), a lad discovers that his mom has hidden talents too in this engaging follow-up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO WANTS A HUG? by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Share widely. Few will be able to resist chuckling at this humorous yet heartwarming tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A big brown bear is generous with his hugs, and all the forest creatures appear to enjoy his embraces—except a grumpy, scheming skunk. Read full book review >

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DUCK IN THE FRIDGE by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"The silly scenario and pro-books-and-reading message accentuate the appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy asks, "Daddy, why do you always read me Mother Goose before bed?" The question prompts a zany tale from Daddy's boyhood. Read full book review >

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AH HA! by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack, illustrated by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"The ecologically sound and emotionally satisfying ending is sure to please all ages. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In Good News, Bad News (2012), Mack experimented with minimalism, creating text from the titular phrases alone; here, he challenges himself to dialogue created from just two letters of the alphabet, doubled and continually rearranged. Read full book review >

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CLUELESS MCGEE AND THE INFLATABLE PANTS by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"Even a frog-smacker can see this series has legs. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
PJ McGee, PI and secret ninja, gets everything wrong (again) in solving his second case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THINGS I CAN DO by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Rowdy and infectious: Fetch tape and crayons. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With boundless energy and bouncing rhyme, a boy shows readers his handmade book—this book—about his burgeoning independence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLUELESS MCGEE by Jeff Mack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Happily, returns to Woods Road Elementary are assured, thanks to the big '1' on the spine. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Listen up frog-smackers, PJ McGee is ready to solve any mystery! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

First volume of a planned three, this edited version of an ongoing online serial records a middle-school everykid's triumphs and (more often) tribulations through the course of a school year. Read full book review >