Search Results: "Jim Madsen"


BOOK REVIEW

TUKI AND MOKA by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This animal-poaching tale provides a purposive, engaging-enough introduction to Ecuador's rain forests. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When animal hijackers capture his favorite tamarins, a young boy living near the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador comes to the rescue in this latest in the Tales of the World series. Read full book review >

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SAVING MISTER NIBBLES! by Patrick Carman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"For a much more satisfying fantasy of wildlife in a city park, read Johanna Hurwitz's charming Pee Wee and Plush (2002). (Fiction. 5-7)"
Elliot, a squirrel who wears glasses and clothing and lives in a park with his friends, loves solving problems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEGACY OF THE CLAW by C.R. Grey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A derivative mishmash that just doesn't work. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A new but very familiar-feeling middle-grade fantasy series kicks off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN MAKES MUSIC by Marvin Hamlisch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"His A Chorus Line was 'One singular sensation.' This is not. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An episode from the childhood of the late mega-award-winning composer of Broadway and film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"An excellent choice for younger readers from the author of the bittersweet Rain Is Not My Indian Name (2001). (Fiction. 7-10)"
A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY JIM by Nancy Rawles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Intensely sad but not mawkish: a very fine love story, wonderfully narrated with a perfect feel for the time and place."
A tale of slave life in the Old South imagines the hidden life of Huck Finn's sidekick, the runaway slave Jim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROSSING by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Experience the wonder of Lewis and Clark's journey with the youngest expedition member. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Riding in a cradle board on his mother's back, Sacagawea's baby son Jean Baptiste provides a fresh perspective on Lewis and Clark's monumental westward journey from Fort Mandan, N.D., across the northwestern United States to the Pacific and back between 1805 and 1806. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SPOTLIGHT FOR HARRY by Eric A. Kimmel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Harry, though an historical figure, has just the right amount of ingenuity and adventurousness to appeal to modern readers and forward the timeless notion of keeping your eye on your dream. (author's note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the circus comes, Harry, son of the town's rabbi, is transfixed by the tightrope walker, who tops the show by hanging from his teeth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >