Search Results: "Jeffrey Karvonen"


BOOK REVIEW

A CONTRIVED WORLD by Jung Young-Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A contrived world? A contrived book, though, if such a thing is wanted, an inducement to torpor and despair."
Does Korean literature have a slacker-novel genre? If so, here's its archetype. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO BROKE THE VASE? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An interesting debut, one that may instigate discussion, emotion, and, yes, even laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A broken vase, an eyewitness, and a cast of improbable suspects lead to one surprise ending in this celebration of the whopper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO AM I? by Jeffrey Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"With full force of knowing right from wrong, readers will jump at the chance to chime in with the repeated admonishment: 'You are a rabbit!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rabbit with a madcap imagination pretends to be many other animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLICK! by Jeffrey Ebbeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An enjoyable bedtime story that demands to be heard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An industrious lamp in the shape of a bird fixes all things that go bump in the night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RETURN OF THE PADAWAN! by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Future installments—and further disasters—will be most welcome. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
The line between humor and heartbreak is very thin in this new Star Wars graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEDI ACADEMY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON WHO WANTED TO FLY by Jeffrey Comanor
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"Comanor synthesizes simple elements and likable characters into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An innovative book—Comanor's first—with a little bit of everything: sympathetic characters, a happy ending, inventive pictures and design. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Read solely as fiction, this is an auspiciously clever and engaging series opener. (Graphic historical fiction. 7-12)"
Two Neanderthal preteens weave a tale of everyday life to which even modern kids can relate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE DEAD FISH by Jeffrey James
by Jeffrey James, illustrated by Jeffrey James, developed by Jeffrey James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"Makes Arlene Sardine look like My Little Pony.(iPad storybook app. 9-11)"
"The salmon fry swirled and splashed as they scattered, / ‘Spawn and die, spawn and die, spawn and die' they all chattered." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FDR WAY by Jeffrey Morris
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 17, 1996

"A model of historical writing for children. (diagrams, maps, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The latest in the Great Presidential Decisions series details the choices Roosevelt made in the fight to turn around the Depression, lead America to join the war against Hitler, and create the United Nations. Read full book review >