Search Results: "Larry Di Fiori"


BOOK REVIEW

JACKIE AND THE SHADOW SNATCHER by Larry Di Fiori
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2006

Strongly influenced by classic comics and underground comix alike, this monochrome, graphic novel-style mini-melodrama pits an anxious everylad against a menacing crook with both a tongue-twisting moniker and a gang of dwarfish, masked minions. Read full book review >

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MOUTH MOTHS by Douglas Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Full of wordplay and accompanied by comical drawings, each stand-alone story in this collection contains a lesson about behavior that is never pedantic and always replete with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-10)"
There's something strange happening with the third grade at W.T. Melon Elementary School. Read full book review >

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THE CLASSROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL by Douglas Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"The instruction is only thinly cloaked in tall-tale humor and cartoony black-and-white drawings; Evans's first book is one educators may like but few children will finish. (Short stories. 8-12)"
The Classroom At The End Of The Hall ($14.95; Aug. 15, 1996; 132 pp.; 1-886910-07-3): A collection of stories about events in a weird classroom, where various creatures, including a genie, an intelligent doodlebug, and possibly a ghost, may live. Read full book review >

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THAT'S SILLY by William Sleator
Released: April 14, 1981

"However, without the imagined life that wins assent for magic, pretending, or realistic fiction, it might strike children as an arid sort of distinction."
The power of pretending—or is it magic?—is ingeniously but mechanically developed in the interplay between Tony, who likes to pretend, and pragmatic Rachel, who scoffs at his make-believe. Read full book review >

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MICE ON ICE by Larry Di Fiori
Released: April 17, 1980

"From the opening lineup for tickets (with gypsy moths reading fortunes) though the accelerated final chapters (titled, caption-like, 'The Big Fight,' 'Pawto-Paw,' and 'After the Melt'), a fast easy read with more punch than most."
With the zip, the semi-puns, and the pop ingenuity of a bright TV cartoon, Yolen tells of a Mice Capades kidnapping engineered by Gomer the Rat King, a mouse gone bad, and executed by Gomer's henchmen the Four Muscles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Let the casting begin. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Familiar tropes get turned on their furry little ears in this barbed, video-ready rock-and-roll tale. Read full book review >

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LOST LARRY by Graham Nunn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2012

"Clean, simple, seamless—just right for the nursery-school set or children with special needs. (iPad storybook/dexterity app. 1-3)"
A little green lizard will trail a fingertip home in this mini-Odyssey, the third of Larry's interactive outings. Read full book review >

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YOUNG LARRY by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The illustrator's arctic landscapes are unusual and pleasing, and though her animals are barely sketched, they convey the bulk of the bears as well as their human-like postures and their playfulness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The Pinkwaters (Wallpaper from Space, 1996, etc.) combine facts and hilarious fancy, enriched by the author's knack for turning a phrase. Read full book review >

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LIMELIGHT LARRY by Leigh Hodgkinson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Prereaders should be captivated by this cacophony of type and images, and they will certainly identify with the willful peacock. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Larry the peacock finds adventure in... his very own book. Read full book review >

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SLEEPOVER LARRY by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Polar bears, you know, love to dance: 'Floy doy, floy doy, floy doy.' (Picture book. 3-8)"
The Pinkwaters bring back Larry the polar bear, veteran of much foolishness and fan of blueberry muffins and cod pizza. Read full book review >

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DANCING LARRY by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"The ridiculousness is broadened by Jill Pinkwater's pen-and-ink artwork: Larry was clearly born to legwarmers, and Madame Swoboda is a smoky vision straight from Central Europe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Pinkwaters' Larry is a polar bear of many parts. Read full book review >