Search Results: "Matt Buckingham"


BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY LAUGHS AT A LION! by Paul Bright
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"A simple but fun read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From its sunny orange and yellow endpapers to the expressive watercolors inside, readers will be cheered by the simple tale of jungle animals each of whom has a talent that bests the skills of the king of the jungle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"At once morally repugnant and compelling reading. (Photographs—24 pp. b&w)"
Ninety years of dirt on the British royal family. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Investigative journalism at its relentless and compassionate best."
An award-winning journalist uncovers the suppressed story behind the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder rocked the nation. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND MATT AND HENA THE WHORE by Adam Zameenzad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1993

"Much powerful writing, and the events described have all too many parallels, but cumulatively more homily than novel."
Also from Zameenzad (see above): a well-meaning, often mystical story of children trying to survive in war-torn Africa—a story with special resonances considering the situation in Somalia but one that makes more for inspiration than literature. Read full book review >

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MIA, MATT AND THE LAZY GATOR by Annie Langois
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Read full book review >

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THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers may question Matt's and Craz's intelligence, but if the plot is short on sense, the jokes almost always work, and that's a more important brand of magic any day. (Humor. 9-13)"
It turns out that a book doesn't need to make a lick of sense if it has enough baboons and pirates and aliens. Read full book review >

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DEMON KEEPER by Royce Buckingham
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2007

"Sequels are possible but not required for closure. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A madcap chase through the streets of Seattle forms the centerpiece of this entertaining, if unpolished debut. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD BOYS by Royce Buckingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An inventive premise that yields solid supernatural suspense. (Horror. 8-12)"
This new thriller adds a unique villain—a tree—the roster of deadly supernatural foes. Read full book review >

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GOBLINS! by Royce Buckingham
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Mild rough language makes an occasional appearance throughout this sometimes violent and often slimy tale, which races along and makes for a riotously good adventure. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Young protagonist Sam thinks living in Sumas, Wash., is "…like growing up in a rural coma." Read full book review >

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THE EXPENSE OF A VIEW by Polly Buckingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Though the circumstances here are often dismally bleak, at her best Buckingham offers glimmers of pale but definite hope."
Buckingham's 14 stories about loss, abandonment, and loneliness won the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE BOOK OF BACKYARD BIRD SONGS by Andrea Pinnington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A 'trilling' way to bring natural history into the nursery. (replaceable batteries) (Informational novelty. 5-10)"
Sound clips enhance first introductions to a dozen common North American birds. Read full book review >