Search Results: "Max Stasyuk"


BOOK REVIEW

HEROES OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A trilogy already largely composed of off-the-shelf elements rushes to an end amid a welter of muddled plotting, meaningless technobabble and astronomical gaps in logic. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Collapsing in a tangled heap of dangling subplots and unlikely resolutions, this trilogy closer sends a group of superpowered Victorian-era orphans on one last venture to a magic land within a bubble of "light enriched zenna molecules" crafted by space aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The action never lets up, but readers are likely to come away from this trilogy opener more confused than intrigued. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Three orphans pass through a tall hedge and find themselves in a world of advanced (to them) technology and carnivorous sheep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRETS OF MERCY HALL by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Like the first episode, thoroughly predictable and free from more than momentary suspense or danger—but quick of pace at least, and unchallenging of language. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Economic woes force the Victorian-era orphans of Mercy Hall into a second expedition to the technologically advanced land beyond their magical hedge (Escape from Mercy Hall, 2012). This time they return with not only more treasure, but jet packs too! Read full book review >

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SHIPWRECKED by Garth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"This uninspired offering fails to compete well with other fantasies for young readers. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Exploring the wide world, pixies get into a bundle of troubles in this outing for readers already successfully into chapter books. Read full book review >

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EXTREME OPPOSITES by Max Dalton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"With whole stories unfurling in each image, the book has potential for classroom use as well as for solo enjoyment. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A witty, sophisticated book of opposites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACCIDENTAL ZUCCHINI by Max Grover
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Attractive, if not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grover's first is ``An Unexpected Alphabet,'' with pairings (``Fork fence''; ``Vegetable volcano'') that occasion amusing surreal paintings in crayon-bright colors. Read full book review >

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MAX'S WACKY TAXI DAY by Max Grover
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Grover's intense palette and artwork have instant appeal, but the vibrant colors are doing all the work and can't compensate for the stodgy text. (Picture book. 7+)"
Grover (Circles and Squares Everywhere!, 1996, etc.) mines wordplay with plenty of energy and color, but the sequence of events, concepts, and images are forced and clanky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIMES OF MY LIFE by Max Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Informative, thoughtful, delightful. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An honest, bracing memoir from one of the nation's most distinguished journalists. Read full book review >