Search Results: "Meghan O'Rourke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WILDEST RACE EVER by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Solid research underpins whimsy in McCarthy's latest historical foray. (historical note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, McCarthy spotlights the men's marathon at the first Olympic Games hosted by the United States, held at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF BALTO by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An intelligent read-aloud for those not quite ready to tackle the existing independent readers. (maps, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Every dog has his day, but Balto's life is comparable to an early 20th-century movie star's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"It's a lighthearted but well-researched glimpse into one of our country's quirkier collective moments, and readers will (justly) come away wondering whether it could happen again. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF PATTY AND THE BIG RED BUS by Meghan McCarthy
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks—but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A winning introduction to the sport of kings for the read-aloud set. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
In the late 1930s, when times were tough and people went to the races to escape, they fell in love with a small, funny-looking, underdog horse gentled and trained so well he beat the elegant War Admiral with an unfamiliar jockey in the saddle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY HAWK by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Although this story appears in the lengthy author's note (along with a 'Learn More About Central Park' featurette and a jam-packed bibliography), its curious absence from the body of the text leaves readers with little to care about. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The year's second book to shine the spotlight on New York City's most famous red-tailed hawk provides fun images but misses the narrative mark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While Greenwood was indeed an interesting character, the more valuable—even revolutionary—takeaway is that history isn't necessarily reliable; it can change, and McCarthy's genius is that she communicates this so easily to her audience. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A look not just at the invention (or not) of earmuffs, but at the process of inventing and the way that history can rewrite itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAREDEVIL by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"McCarthy has spun an adventurous story about this little-known woman, highlighting her groundbreaking triumphs with respectful whimsy. ('Fun Facts,' additional quotes, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Ever hear of Betty Skelton? Most people haven't, yet this woman was a whirling daredevil who liked to go fast and broke records in aviation and auto racing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW NOT TO BE A DICK by Meghan Doherty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"There are some funny moments, particularly in the simple black-and-white cartoons of a girl and boy that accompany the text throughout. However, as etiquette goes, there's not much that is new here and a real question of whom this is for. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Jokes about cheese logs abound in this humorous but sometimes-belabored etiquette guide ostensibly aimed at teens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRONG MAN by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 12, 2007

"An extensive author's note expands on both man and influence; four exercises are also provided. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
From the inspired take on the 1939 War of the Worlds broadcast (Aliens Are Coming!, 2006), McCarthy turns her attention to another icon of 20th-century pop culture, Charles Atlas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POP! by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2010

"A sweetly told, worthy tale—the world needs more heroes like Walter. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Bubble gum is inherently fascinating (especially when you get it in your hair), so a history of the subject should have a foot up, and McCarthy comes through with flying colors—appropriately candy colors, at that, along with cartoonish, bubble-eyed characters set against atmospheric backdrops. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE UPSIDE DOWN by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Beware teachers and parents: readers may be inspired to try some of George's tricks themselves. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bright primary colors and energetic design enliven this portrayal of a little boy, who, in typically perverse youngster fashion, likes to do everything upside down. Read full book review >