Search Results: "Mark Chambers"


BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN OF THE TOILET by Rose Inserra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Not a standout, but it's potentially useful for allaying the anxieties of wee ones ready to make what can be a scary leap from child's potty to toilet. (Board book. 2-4)"
A primer for little boys transitioning from their own potties to the toilet. Read full book review >

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SUPERLOVE by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Satisfactory though slim and with a predictably pat ending, this confection from Harper and Chambers will appeal to all who dream of being in a wedding. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dressed in pink and with hair in pigtails, a girl declares herself "Superlove" and determines to marry her pet cat off to her toy dog as her first official act. Read full book review >

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PIGEON POOP by Elizabeth Baguley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Even young children will find this, at best, a short-term solution, but in the end, at least it leaves both the townsfolk and the guano-gusher itself happy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Unlikely resolution notwithstanding, this thoroughly poopiferous tale of a pigeon with an outsized alimentary issue will leave readers wiping their…eyes from laughter. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY MOOSE! by Lisa M. Bakos
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A pet is a good companion—in the singular not the plural. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Many moose mean much merriment—or do they? Read full book review >

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THE ROOFTOP ROCKET PARTY by Roland Chambers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Crisp writing, top-notch composition, and exuberant illustrations from blueprint endpaper to blueprint endpaper. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Finn's summer visit to "famous rocket scientist" Doctor Gass is a serious and glorious adventure. Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM NO MAN’S LAND by Aidan Chambers
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"This is a wide-ranging, challenging, beautifully written novel for older teenagers and adults who love to settle into a big, rewarding story. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Jacob Todd has come from England to Amsterdam to honor his grandfather, also named Jacob Todd, a British soldier who fought and died in Holland in 1944. Read full book review >

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Released: March 16, 2012

"A quick, detailed introduction to the technique of parody."
Chambers (Parody, 2010) returns with a jocular instruction manual for creating and reveling in parodies of all sorts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"A fine appraisal of the women in the growing African-American middle and upper classes."
An absorbing look at the Clair Huxtables of the world. Read full book review >

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THE TOLL BRIDGE by Aidan Chambers
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1995

"A powerful brew, not for every taste. (Fiction. 13+)"
A British novelsomething between a love story and a philosophical meditation on adolescenceexperimental in form, with flashbacks, stream-of-consciousness, and several narratorslarge and complicated characters whose main passions are dime-store philosophizing and sex. Read full book review >

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HOPE’S WAR by Stephen Chambers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, it's well plotted and often riveting, and withal utterly distasteful: one turns the pages avidly, feeling sullied all the while."
Continuation of Chambers's 2001 debut, Hope's End. Read full book review >

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SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by Christopher Chambers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Overheated plotting and underdeveloped characterization, plus the rampant acronym-ia and pernicious italic-itis symptomatic of a thriller in extremis."
Feisty female FBI agent duels an A-list serial killer: a ho-hum debut reminiscent of you-know-what-thriller-invoking-lambs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 11, 2010

"A frivolous but charming story that accurately presents the antics, motivations and dreams of a very small sector of the diverse Latino juvenile population in South Florida, one that adores pop culture and fashion icons but at the same time remains respectful of conventional family values and traditions—just right as the opener for this Spanish-accented chick-lit series. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A guilty-pleasure page-turner introduces a wealthy and spoiled Cuban-American teenager, Alicia Cruz, 15, whose passion to start her own business will take her and her closest friends, Carmen, Jamie and Gaz, on a roller coaster when she decides to organize Sarita's quinceañera party. Read full book review >