Search Results: "Jon Stommel"


BOOK REVIEW

How the Dog Came to Live at the Z House by Holly Zanville
Released: Feb. 2, 2013

"A friendly, quirky book with a slow, steady rhythm all its own."
Zanville (How BJ Diana Came to Live at the Z House, 2012, etc.) offers a warm, realistic picture book about getting a new pet. Read full book review >

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SUMMER AT THE Z HOUSE by Holly Zanville
Released: Oct. 27, 2013

"A well-observed, colorfully illustrated book about a close-knit family's day-to-day life."
A little boy, his mom and assorted pets enjoy a summertime visit from Grandma in this warm chronicle of everyday family life, enlivened with vocabulary-rich text and quirky illustrations. Read full book review >

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How BJ Diana Came to Live at the Z House by Holly Zanville
Released: July 19, 2012

"A quirky story about a cat with a mind of her own."
An animal-loving family meets a spunky cat in an illustrated comedy of errors. 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 >

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PALINDROMANIA! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
Released: Oct. 24, 2002

"Good at least for several minutes of chuckles, these spirited cartoons may inspire readers young and old to find linguistic and artistic opportunity in gnu dung. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10+)"
"Yo! Bozo boy!" Read full book review >

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THE LAST FREE CAT by Jon Blake
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Earnest descriptions of Jade's love for Feela and her burgeoning feelings for Kris—'It was if she sensed we were a pride now, a family, and our place was all together'—nicely balance the plentiful action. (Thriller. 12-16)"
In a future Britain, a stranglehold has been issued on cats after a human health epidemic is blamed on the feline population in this politically savvy, lightning-paced thriller. Read full book review >

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MISFIT by Jon Skovron
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Thoughtful, scary and captivating. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
In an impeccably paced and unusually profound urban-fantasy novel, 16-year-old half-demon Catholic-school student Jael Thompson comes into her powers, explores her heritage and battles a tyrannical Hell beast. Read full book review >

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STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Deftly executed, this debut novel hits a few high notes and handily avoids falling flat. (Fiction. YA)"
Though rehearsals haven't been smooth for Sammy Bojar's band, Tragedy of Wisdom, it appears to be his shot at becoming a legitimate musician. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"If it leads boys to the many works by the authors represented, it will have done a fine service to its cause. (foreword) (Anthology. 11+)"
The complaint that there aren't enough books for boys can be dismissed after seeing Scieska's new collection, for which 88 writers and illustrators have contributed work. Read full book review >