Search Results: "Jon McGoran"


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SPLICED by Jon McGoran
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a near future of gene modification, personhood is political and not just for the modified. Read full book review >

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DRIFT by Jon McGoran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Drug dealers, suspect developers, Russian gangsters, mad scientists—Dunston's got them all, and McGoran's debut piles on the menace as if there were no tomorrow, which maybe there isn't."
A big-city cop suspended from Narcotics after an angry outburst retreats to his late mother's house in bucolic Dunston, Pa., only to find that Philadelphia was a lot safer than this little hamlet. Read full book review >

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"Fast-paced and well-written, but ultimately a letdown."
A noir-crime novel revolving around a murderous craps dealer and the wealthy family with whom he becomes entangled. Read full book review >

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IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fun—just plain fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Wimbledon family—mother, father, four children, a cat, and Stanley, a brilliantly inventive beagle—have a sleepless night. Read full book review >

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MY RHINOCEROS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Lighthearted fun as a read-aloud or read-alone. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What can a pet rhinoceros do? Not a lot, unless it has hidden talents. Read full book review >

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I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Cynical on wry. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Klassen's coy effort combines spare illustration, simple, repetitive text and a "payback's a bear" plot. Read full book review >

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DMITRI THE ASTRONAUT by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"A charmer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Agee (The Return of Freddy LeGrand, 1992, etc.) scores again with this utterly engaging tale of interplanetary friendship. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 20, 1992

"Delightful visual and verbal fun. (Picture book. 8+)"
From its title, price, and dedication (to ``Hannah'') to endpaper quickies like ``SOS!'' and ``WOW'' and even the ISBN number, 60 or more remarkably ingenious symmetries, their humor wonderfully extended in Agee's comical, imaginative, deftly drawn cartoons. ``If I had a hi-fi,'' warbles a fiddler on a roof; ``Mr. Owl ate my metal worm,'' complains a robotic bird. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF FREDDY LEGRAND by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Lively story; grand pictures; much appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Freddy's biplane, the Golden Gull, lands through the roof of a French barn after flying the Atlantic, farmers Sophie and Albert take an immediate interest in aeronautics. Read full book review >

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LION LESSONS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A jubilant romp fit for a lion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being a lion demands hard work. Read full book review >

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ROSIE AND ROLLAND IN THE LEGENDARY SHOW-AND-TELL by Jon Berg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A bewildering mishmash of unintegrated elements, long as well as incoherent. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A child in search of something special to bring to class finds it in a jungle temple—then loses it to a rival. Read full book review >

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ORANGUTAN TONGS by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2009

"Agee acknowledges Alvin Schwartz's A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues (1972) as a major source, but adds his own distinctive mix of simplicity and sophisticated wit to this top-notch tub full of tangue tonglers. (index) (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
More clever wordplay from the Prince of Palindromes—not to mention 2006's Smart Feller / Fart Smeller and Other Spoonerisms—these 34 rhymed riffs on variously challenging tongue twisters will trip up even lingually limber readers. Read full book review >