Search Results: "Matthew McElligott"


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EVEN ALIENS NEED SNACKS by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Tasty fare for alien fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When his summer snack stand fails to attract family and neighbors, an enterprising young chef with a flair for the unusual draws some very weird customers from way out of town. Read full book review >

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THE LION’S SHARE by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The handsome watercolor-and-ink illustrations are as gently funny as the story, and the heavily partitioned design well suits the math lesson at hand. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Basic math is inescapable, even at dinner parties with the lion king. Read full book review >

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BEAN THIRTEEN by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A must for every elementary-school library and classroom bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The "oddness" of prime numbers is driven home in this delightful tale of two bugs and their bean dinner. Read full book review >

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THE SPACE DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Young readers can only hope for this much excitement on their real field trips. (Graphic informational fantasy. 7-9)"
The diverse young monsters of the Mad Scientist Academy take a whirlwind tour of the solar system thanks to an unusually realistic planetarium. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Properly capped with a back cover of equally hilarious alternative outfits and a squat, glowering, hirsute paper doll, this makes the funniest makeover since Laura Rader's Santa's New Suit (2000). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Backbeard the buccaneer gets a wardrobe upgrade in this waaay south of serious outing. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT COUSIN ERNIE'S HEAD by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The mixed media artwork, too, shows promise; the kitchen-sink inclusion of visual asides demonstrates the artist's energy and enthusiasm, but doesn't add up to a funny whole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The sole child in this story is the unnamed narrator who dreads Thanksgiving with his combative relatives. Read full book review >

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THE WEATHER DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"With outlandish situations rendering scientific concepts memorable, McElligott has concocted a winning formula for learning as entertainment. (backmatter) (Graphic science fantasy. 6-9)"
Having survived disastrous dinosaurs in the first series installment, students at the Mad Scientist Academy now attempt to comprehend the mystery of weather. Read full book review >

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THE DINOSAUR DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >

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BACKBEARD by Matthew McElligott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Sandwiched between original and modified 'Pirate Rules' on the endpapers, as well as hilarious jacket art, this knee-slapper rivals even Colin McNaughton's Captain Abdul's Little Treasure (2006) for freewheeling freebooter frivolity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having transformed himself and his crew into fashionistas (of a sort) in Backbeard and the Birthday Suit (2006), the huge and hirsute Captain finds himself called before the Pirate Council for dress-code violations in this even better sequel. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY NOT by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Deft visual pacing brings sudden drama when one of Frieda's worries turns out to be well-founded, but never fear: this whimsical tale may ponder the relative value of fear itself, but McElligott brings everyone home safe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Watercolor, pencil, and digital techniques illustrate this gentle story about the nature of fear during two insects' late-summer stroll. Read full book review >

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UNCLE FRANK'S PIT by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, chock full of color and shadow, have the fuzzy quality of low-tech computer artwork. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McElligott (The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head, 1996) finds inspiration in Uncle Frank, an amiable old codger who is full of cockamamie ideas and immune to suggestions that he's worn out his welcome. Read full book review >