Search Results: "Martin Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS by Martin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A strong sense of right and wrong permeates the gleeful absurdity of the New Cut Gang's madcap capers and refreshes the soul. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Two 1994 novellas—Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas-Fitters' Ball—plunge readers into the colorful melee of 1894 London in this satisfying, slapstick U.S. debut starring the intrepid boy and girl detectives of the New Cut Gang. Read full book review >

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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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LOVE IS IN THE AIR - #RITAGH
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s an exciting week in the romance world! On Tuesday, RWA announced the finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests. (You can find the full list here.)

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Heart is Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished authors.

Some of my favorite authors and friends of Read-A-Romance made the RITA ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >

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AARON AND ALEXANDER by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Handsome, well-executed history for a young audience. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
The peculiar enmity between founding fathers Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton culminated in an infamous duel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE AND DOG by Alison Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A sweet choice for dog lovers, active children or anyone searching for a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This effervescent boy-and-dog tale is worth making some room on the shelf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD TREE by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A nifty environmental fable with a sophisticated text and Brown's gorgeous acrylic-and-watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pigeon mail carrier marshals tree creatures to save their beloved home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON JUMP by Paula Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Jersey,'' they shouldn't all look like Guernseys)—but the idea is unusual, and the brightly colored, nicely designed illustrations have a merry verve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bearing a pole and a pack, Miss Heiferton arrives in time to draw then tenth and last turn for the moon-jumping contest. Read full book review >