Search Results: "Mark Beech"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)"
Fourteen rollicking tales, most of which were written when the author was a teenager and published over 40 years ago in his local newspaper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEEKEND MISCHIEF by Rob Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"Dogs and mud and bang-ups—sounds like the weekend. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Jackson's poems throw off an antique light. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A competent sports book, but a sharper edge on the author's narrative knife would have sliced more deeply below the surface."
Sports Illustrated editor and writer Beech debuts with an account of Army football's last great season, 1958, when the team finished 8-0-1 and declined a Cotton Bowl invitation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FUNERAL IN THE BATHROOM by Kalli Dakos
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Another solid addition for classroom shelves…just cross fingers that it is not too inspiring. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Dakos adds another collection to the poetry shelf, this one taking its inspiration from the school bathroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROLLS, GO HOME! by Alan MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Despite Egbert's bluster, no goats are harmed in the course of this mild farce. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Three hairy trolls find the road to acceptance particularly rocky when they try to settle in a quiet suburb. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SKY IS FALLING! by Mark Teague
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"Though this twist on the familiar tale is somewhat heavy-handed in both narrative and image, its sense of fun comes through clearly nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The age-old "Chicken Little" story, but with a change-up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING ESCAPE by Mark Fearing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A holiday offering that definitely makes a fun all its own. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's Thanksgiving at Grandma's, and nothing's worse than being stuck with the babies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIREHOUSE! by Mark  Teague
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"No depicted conflagrations here—just sure-fire fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Edward wants to be a firefighter. One day he and Judy visit a firehouse." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MRS. LARUE by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The work as a whole is energetic but ultimately fails to follow through on a promising concept. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An epistolary picture book detailing the misadventures of a very imaginative dog at obedience school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DETECTIVE LARUE by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Teague's innovative approach to storytelling is fun, but educational as well, skillfully imparting some valuable lessons in point of view and reading between the lines. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The captivating canine from Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (2002) returns for a second adventure revealed through Ike the dog's letters, this time written from jail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER TRUCKS! by Mark Todd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Roar on! (Picture book. 3-5)"
In this crowd-pleasing portrait gallery, 14 burly, rugged, cartoon trucks pose against monochromatic, minimally detailed backgrounds, accompanied by equally muscular captions: "Monster trucks! / Monster trucks! / Big bulldozer trucks. / Scraping and shoveling / with a sneering tooth blade, / leveling the earth / for the roads to be laid." Read full book review >