Search Results: "Matt Loveridge"


BOOK REVIEW

MELTDOWN MADNESS by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"A goofy romp through suddenly fungible reality, not as self-consciously clever as the previous episode and all the better for it. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
It's all about the chocolate in this episode, but Ed's struggles with the literal-minded magic coin he found in the series opener (Stranger Things, 2013) continue. Read full book review >

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STRANGER THINGS by David Lubar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Despite the comical cartoon illustrations on every page, this setup volume is just possibly too clever to give its target audience any reason to read on. Now there's an existential dilemma. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Logic takes a little too much of a flyer for this series opener to hold together. Read full book review >

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Boomish and the Magic Pancake Pan by Nick O'Riley
Released: May 19, 2014

"A fun, escapist tale that offers a positive moral."
A middle-grade novel set in a magical land of talking animals and sweet confections. 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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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

BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"Thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville history. (art not seen in full color) (author's note) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this winsome, sparely spun graphic novel by Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, 2011), Henry Harrison gets a tantalizing taste of the outside world when a young Buster Keaton and more vacationing vaudevillians tumble into his small Michigan town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY AARON’S DREAM by Matt Tavares
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Very fine. (author's note, stats, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This book opens with a stark image: Readers look through a chain-link fence at white boys playing ball, a large WHITES ONLY sign dead center. Read full book review >