Search Results: "Matt Loveridge"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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

OLIVER’S GAME by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An intimate, poignant episode for fans who revel in the game's less tangible aspects. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Zachary's Ball (2000) offers another tale of baseball dreams passing from one generation to another, grafted to atmospheric pencil illustrations that recall Chris Van Allsburg's early work. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EVERYTHING MACHINE by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Dystopian allegory, lively storytelling, giggle-worthy pictures, boy appeal—yup: Everything's here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the planet Quirk, the Everything Machine gradually supplants both the drudgery and creativity of the populace, which on most days "just stayed in bed." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SAVAGES by Matt Whyman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2014

"Whyman's British Addams Family of man-eaters certainly won't be to everyone's taste, but for those who like their humor very, very dry, it may just hit the spot. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Dinner with the Savages can be murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GETTING TO FIRST BASE WITH DANALDA CHASE by Matt Beam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Using baseball terms as his chapter headings, followed by definitions, Beam has managed to write a story that is fresh, funny and appealing to lovers and lovers of baseball, both male and female. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Using baseball as a guide for dating, Beam, in his U.S. debut, hits a grand-slam. Read full book review >

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CAN YOU SPELL REVOLUTION? by Matt Beam
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Though the narrative is mediocre, the theme of peaceful conflict resolution is important in today's acrimonious environment. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The mission: Depose the principal without divisions among friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOCCER SCOOP by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Readers may have trouble keeping the cast of similar-sounding characters straight, and the mystery is solved only after some heavily contrived stratagems. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Christopher (see review, above) was treading water with this routine sports-story- cum-mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROBOBOTS by Matt Novak
Released: April 1, 1999

"Children may laugh at the Robobots' animated, pop-eyed furnishings and daffy ingenuousness, but they'll laugh harder, and with more understanding, at Sam Swope and illustrator Barry Root's less labored take on the theme, The Araboolies of Liberty Street (1989). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Novak (The Pillow War, 1998, etc.) offers another blunt picture book parable. Read full book review >