Search Results: "John Manders"


BOOK REVIEW

SEÑOR DON GATO by John Manders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Song notes are included. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Love can hurt real bad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REALLY AWFUL MUSICIANS by John Manders
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"Undeniably a lesson, it is delivered with a sense of fun; a helpful author's note describes each instrument. (Picture book. 3-6) "
When all the bands in the kingdom sound horrible, the king takes drastic action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY AND THE CRAZED CHICKEN PIRATES by Carolyn Crimi
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Fans of Giles Andreae's Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, illustrated by Russell Ayto (2005), and its piratical ilk will yo-ho-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The bookish young hero of Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies (2005) again saves the flop-eared, fun-loving crew of the pirate ship Salty Carrot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETE’S DISAPPEARING ACT by Jenny Tripp
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Lightweight fun. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
In a reverse Wizard of Oz effect, a twister takes circus pooch Pierre Le Chien to Kansas in this amusing sequel to Pete and Fremont (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Pleasant but, perhaps, ultimately inconsequential. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Nethery includes both fact and fancy in her account of a stray cat's elevation to celebrity status in 1890s Venice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PERFECT NEST by Catherine Friend
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Perfect fine-feathered fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Jack the cat is building the perfect nest, bound to attract the perfect chicken that will lay the perfect egg to make the perfect omelet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUIET NIGHT by Marilyn Singer
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 22, 2002

"Great fun for reading and laughing out loud, or even for a choral recitation. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What starts out as a quiet night with only one frog bar-rumming soon turns into a raucous cacophony as two owls, three geese, four fish, and a host of other creatures yowl, scratch, and honk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES GO TO SCHOOL by Corinne Demas
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"Don't be hornswoggled—give this the heave-ho and seek pirate (and school) booty elsewhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Demas' latest throws together adult pirates and regular kids at school, but the combination doesn't really mesh, making it unsuccessful either at familiarizing kids with school or providing swashbuckling entertainment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO BAD PILGRIMS by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

Standish Brewster, professor of Pilgrimology, attempts diligently to tell the tale of the establishment of Plimoth Plantation while the two bad Pilgrims of the title, acknowledged troublemakers (they nearly blew up the Mayflower) John and Francis Billington, kibbitz with energy: "When we do it, they call it stealing. Read full book review >