Search Results: "Jim Madsen"


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

THE ADVENTURES OF THOR THE THUNDER GOD by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2007

Billing Thor as the Vikings' favorite god, because he was "the biggest, strongest and bravest," a veteran talespinner smoothly retells five of his better-known exploits, from feeding a poor family on two goats that magically reconstitute themselves in the morning to getting his stolen hammer back by impersonating the goddess Freya. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

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

CAVERN OF SECRETS by Linda Sue Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"The nail-biting adventure, relevant moral dilemmas, and complex characters will leave readers eager for the final installment. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Forest of Wonders (2016), hero Raffa applies his apothecary skills to thwart the Chancellor of Obsidia's malevolent plot to treat wild animals with botanicals and use them against her own people. Read full book review >