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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BEN DRAWS TROUBLE by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Funny and exuberantly sweet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ben Lukin, the bike-loving boy from Ben Rides On (2013), loses something of special significance: his sketchbook.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARBARIAN LORD by Matt Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intriguing and interesting mix of mythology, folklore and fantasy makes for what is in effect a graphic-novel introduction to the sword-and-sorcery genre. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 13-17)"
A mix of Icelandic lore and Norse mythology—and maybe a smattering of the Incredible Hulk—makes up this action-packed adventure of the barrel-chested Barbarian Lord's struggle to defeat his skull-headed enemy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRUTHERS by Matt Phelan
by Matt Phelan, illustrated by Matt Phelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Keep this for any day, not just a rainy one. (Picture book. 2 -5)"
How much fun can be packed into a rainy day? Lots, if you're like this energetic daughter-daddy duo. Read full book review >

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BEN RIDES ON  by Matt Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 2013

"Great amusement for the bold and timid alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young readers and listeners will feel like cheering when this unprepossessing hero gets his due. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Perhaps not a staple, but a light, fluffy read nonetheless. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this quirky take on the tall tale, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are obsessed with pancakes, but mother knows best when it comes to nutrition. Read full book review >