Search Results: "Katherine Coville"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS by Katherine Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An ambitious but awkward mashup of nursery-tale whimsy, Gothic tropes and modern didactic moralism. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Jane Eyre meets the Three Bears. Read full book review >

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MOONGOBBLE AND ME by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The troop of adventurers returns to Edward's village to await Moongobble's next assignment to prove himself worthy of membership in the Society of Magicians, and further volumes expanding the series seem destined to develop Edward's own interest in becoming an apprentice magician. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A little boy named Edward is the first-person narrator of this transitional chapter book that also includes a bumbling beginning magician, backfiring spells, and a talking toad. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGONSLAYERS by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"Most of these ideas recall such longer fantasies as Patricia Wrede's Dealing With Dragons (1990) and its sequels, but Coville's sly sense of humor gives it all a tasty glaze. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A wispy confection from the author of My Teacher Is An Alien (1989) and other bon-bons, featuring a fire-breathing dragon, a misguided witch, talking animals, a hot-tempered princess, a plucky young page, and ``the world's oldest working squire.'' When King Mildred (yes, Mildred; he had a difficult youth) offers half his kingdom and his daughter Wilhelmina's hand to whoever slays the dragon created by witch Grizelda, only old Squire Elizar volunteers; but the feisty princess, in disguise, slips out to do the deed herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IVY by Katherine Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"There is value in escaping to a fairyland with magical creatures and a happy ending, and readers will relish this story in which the bullies are beaten by kindness and compassion, even if it gets a little messy. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Round little Ivy learns from her kindhearted (if a bit disorganized) grandmother that caring for the sick and injured brings great rewards. Read full book review >

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'TAKE CARE OF THINGS,' EDWARD SAID by Helen E. Buckley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1991

"Unassuming but just right, with well-drawn, sympathetic illustrations that nicely reflect the story's warmth and realism. (Tom seems to be Oriental; other characters, including Mom and Dad, are Caucasian.) (Picture book. 3-7)"
A preschooler's first day with his babysitter and several pets when his much-admired older brother goes back at school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Amalia Flickerfoot'—plus magical figures from a comically monkey-like pet and a gryphon with a tender ego to angels (thinly disguised as 'Great Powers'), centaurs and, of course, shining, magnificent unicorns aplenty—will be swept along to the grand, hard-fought resolution. (cast list, map) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Continuing a series practice, this finale substantially tops the previous volume's page count as Coville draws all his characters and plot lines together in a mighty cascade of short chapters to a climactic battle on the alternate world of Luster. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE'S JOURNEY by Bruce Coville
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Her dialogue and inner musings are stiff compared to the heroine's in Coville's Jennifer Murdley's Toad (1992). (Fiction. 10+)"

BOOK REVIEW

ALWAYS OCTOBER by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Surprises abound: Most threads are wrapped up, but there is room left for other books with these diverting characters. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
From the very first line ("We've only got two weeks before Jake has to turn into a monster for the first time") to the riveting ending, this fantasy will have readers turning pages recklessly. Read full book review >

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GOBLINS ON THE PROWL by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"A goblin salute (i.e., a finger up the nose) for this brisk and funny outing. (afterword) (Fantasy. 9-11)"
In an inexcusably tardy sequel to Goblins in the Castle (1992), stakes escalate when old spells and new mischief collide, sending a giant stone toad bounding off with the previous episode's protagonist in its mouth.Read full book review >

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ODDEST OF ALL by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Punctuated with poignant or tragic notes but light in overall tone, this gathering nicely demonstrates both Coville's versatility and his broad appeal to young audiences. (Short stories. 11-13)"
To the short stories gathered in Odds Are Good: An Oddly Enough and Odder Than Ever Omnibus (2006) Coville adds nine more: six previously published but revised, and three newbies. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"A knee-slapper in this or any edition. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A dedicated slob and a neatnik brownie, both with fierce tempers, face off in this much-expanded version of Coville's short story "Clean as a Whistle," published in Oddly Enough (1994).Read full book review >