Search Results: "Matt Celeskey"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN OF TIME by Anne H.  Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The level of violence is unrealistically low, but these purposeful vignettes add a gauzy back story to what today's children may have only seen as a few old chipped stones and fossil bones. (resource lists) (Creative nonfiction. 10-12)"
In six fictional episodes directly linked to paleontological artifacts, Weaver retraces the past 2.5 million years of "hominin" (pre)history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

RED HANDED by Matt Kindt
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 7, 2013

"Elegant scribbles from an electric mind."
A graphic crime saga about a by-the-book detective and the deeply human criminals he systematically tracks down, told by way of Socratic dialogue and pulp homage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLIP FLOP BOP by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fun for fans of flip-flops and summer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What better way to herald the end of school and the start of summer than by ditching shoes and socks and donning flip-flops? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRATE MEETS THE QUEEN by Matt Faulkner
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"The details may differ, but this rendition is just as stirring as Emily Arnold McCully's The Pirate Queen (1995), and will leave readers awash in admiration for its self-assured narrator. (source list) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Embroidering his first-person historical tale a bit ("It's the way of storytelling," says he in a closing note), Faulkner recounts the exploits of fierce Irish pirate Granuaile (more often known as Grace, or Grania) O'Malley, from birth, through early buccaneering, to a climactic, intrepid face-off with fiery Queen Elizabeth—here dubbed "Red Liz"—after her piratical son's capture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEN DRAWS TROUBLE by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny and exuberantly sweet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ben Lukin, the bike-loving boy from Ben Rides On (2013), loses something of special significance: his sketchbook.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A warm portrait of a modern baseball icon. (statistics, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Throughout his career Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez acknowledged his brother's encouragement as a major factor in his success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRUTHERS by Matt Phelan
by Matt Phelan, illustrated by Matt Phelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Keep this for any day, not just a rainy one. (Picture book. 2 -5)"
How much fun can be packed into a rainy day? Lots, if you're like this energetic daughter-daddy duo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARBARIAN LORD by Matt Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intriguing and interesting mix of mythology, folklore and fantasy makes for what is in effect a graphic-novel introduction to the sword-and-sorcery genre. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 13-17)"
A mix of Icelandic lore and Norse mythology—and maybe a smattering of the Incredible Hulk—makes up this action-packed adventure of the barrel-chested Barbarian Lord's struggle to defeat his skull-headed enemy. Read full book review >