Search Results: "Matt Ottley"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT FAUST SAW by Matt Ottley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"This is a rollicking good time, with a flappable canine hero who steals the show. (Picture book. 5-8)"
No, not a sequel to the Goethe classic; the Mephistophelian horrors herein are strictly for laughs. Read full book review >

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LUKE’S WAY OF LOOKING by Nadia Wheatley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"In the end there is no real respect for different visions; they are merely placed in warring camps, sure to stir up controversy. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Luke draws the nose and ears in the wrong place in a portrait. Read full book review >

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TEACUP by Rebecca Young
Kirkus Star
by Rebecca Young, illustrated by Matt Ottley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Enchanting, beautiful, and full of hope. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a book that combines short, poetic sentences with dramatic visual art, a light-skinned boy, needing a new home, sets off to sea in a rowboat. Read full book review >

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PARACHUTE by Danny Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2016

"The very air around Toby seems to vibrate, and it's a great relief when he leaves the parachute behind; readers know there'll be plenty more adventures without it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy learns to let go of the object that makes him feel safest in a picture book that effectively skews perspective to great effect (and great heights). Read full book review >

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ME AND MY DAD by Sally Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Seek out more successful funny tales of fathers and sons, such as Ethan Long's My Dad, My Hero (2010) and Liz Rosenberg's Tyrannosaurus Dad, illustrated by Matthew Myers (2010).(Picture book. 3-5)"
In this average offering, a boy, his dad and their small dog spend a day at the beach. 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUNTAIN GARDEN by Will Ottley
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"A timeless fable about love and courage, well-told and beautifully illustrated."
In this illustrated tale, a young stag makes a dangerous journey to a legendary garden to get help when his herd is attacked by wolves. 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 >

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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 >