Search Results: "Jon Messer"


BOOK REVIEW

NEW YORK by Margery Facklam
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"While no one piece provides in-depth coverage, the format is inviting to those planning a visit, whether from out of state or in. (resources, websites) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
From the Statue of Liberty to Fort Niagara, from the short-nosed sturgeon to the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake, from cameras to Jell-O, and from Peter Stuyvesant to Roger Peterson, the state of New York is filled with natural wonders, parks and great battles and events. Read full book review >

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GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >

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WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"Messer constructs a tale that moves along at a powerful, steady pace to a climactic faceoff, and Oliver's realization that the gateway to worlds is open for those who can truly listen to the wind's voices sparks a memorable sea change in his self-image. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
An inventive debut fantasy, set in multiple worlds linked by trees and winds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"Another revitalizing breath to sustain the Red House in its long odyssey."
Poet Messer spins the life story of her childhood home in a handsome voice often eerily lost in reflection. Read full book review >

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CHANGE AT JAMAICA by Marshall Messer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2013

"A pleasure to read. And though the Captain might have other plans, we'd like to know of Eddie's further adventures."
Tin soldiers and Secretariat comin': A whip-smart, funny shaggy dog story about dissolute life in the Watergate era. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF YORIK MORTWELL by Stephen Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"With illustrations by the appropriately dour Grimley, this is a mix of two talents who together yield a less-than-superior product. Some art not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A ghost story that attempts to combine the macabre with the heroic fails to find its footing. Read full book review >

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The Adventures of Jack and Rugby by Tory Beale
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"An often engaging children's story of a rugged, exhausting day in the mountains with two dog friends."
In the fourth installment in Beale and Messer's (The Adventures of Jack and Rugby: Best Friends, 2011, etc.) children's book series, two dogs embark on a mountainside adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A superhero tale that never quite takes flight. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In the 22nd century, the population includes meta-humans, those whose dormant superhuman powers were activated by the solar flares that also sparked World War III. Read full book review >

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GRRRLS ON THE SIDE by Carrie Pack
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 8, 2017

"Like the riot-grrrl movement itself, unsubtle but full of heart. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
A teenage outcast finds herself in the riot-grrrl scene. 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 >