Search Results: "Matt Mahurin"


BOOK REVIEW

GRUMBLES FROM THE FOREST by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"The poets invite and may well entice readers to write their own fairy-tale poems. (Poetry/fairy tales. 5-9)"
An intriguing idea becomes a thought-provoking collection of short poems from characters readers only thought they knew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON A CLOUD by Rob D. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Mahurin catches his dreamy tone perfectly, adding further buoyancy with vivid lighting and dashes of wit. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Falling between Charles G. Shaw's elemental It Looked Like Spilt Milk (1947) and the sophistication of Pat Cummings's C.L.O.U.D.S. (1986) or David Wiesner's Sector 7 (1999), this rhymed reverie considers what clouds might be: cotton candy? Read full book review >

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JEREMY KOOLOO by Tim Mahurin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A book idiosyncratic enough, beguiling enough, to become a staple of the ABC canon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Jeremy Kooloo, the cat, loves milk. 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 >

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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

RED AND LULU by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A touching, beautifully illustrated story of greatest interest to those in the New York City area. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A pair of cardinals is separated and then reunited when their tree home is moved to New York City to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. 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 >

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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

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 >