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 >

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 >

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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 >

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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

GAIJIN by Matt Faulkner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"An accessible account about a dark—and still too-little-known—moment in American history. (author's note, resources) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-12)"
After the United States enters World War II, a half-Japanese teen and his white mother find themselves interned at the Alameda Downs Assembly Center. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Flamboyant and amazingly talented, the Sultan of Swat receives due appreciation here. (author's note, statistics chart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT RIDERS by Matt Furie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Presented in a mix of sequential panels and full-spread views, this easy-to-follow debut tale is rich in both drama and sights that are less dangerous-looking than delightfully strange. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this wordless odyssey, a postprandial nighttime outing turns particularly adventurous for two animal buddies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AROUND THE WORLD by Matt Phelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Three true tales of adventure as grand and admirable in the telling as they were in the doing. (Graphic nonfiction. 10-13)"
With uncommon perception and a flair for visual drama, Phelan tracks three intrepid souls' solo journeys around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FROGGY VALENTINE by Matt Novak
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Sure to engender moments of amusement in readers and listeners. (Novelty. 6-8)"
Peering in from the edges of a large die-cut hole that occupies the center of this clever twist on an old tale, four eager frogs line up to get a kiss from lonely Princess Polly. Read full book review >