Search Results: "Merrily Kutner"


BOOK REVIEW

DOWN ON THE FARM by Merrily Kutner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Accompanying art is appropriately lighthearted and basic, if not overly simplistic due largely to heavy black outlines that give the flat images a slightly rudimentary, coloring-book quality that suits the text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The three R's—rhythm, rhyme, and repetition—are harvested abundantly in this simple, sing-song introduction to farm animals for toddlers. Read full book review >

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THE ZOMBIE NITE CAFÉ by Merrily Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"She glared at me and scratched one head'—and beats a hasty retreat, but readers will definitely be tempted to linger. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Here's an eatery that stands out from the crowd—not only for its menu, which features Chicken McMaggots and Eyeballs Flambé, but also for a clientele that runs to vampires, ghouls, aliens, specters and less identifiable uglies. Read full book review >

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CAST AWAY ON THE LETTER A by Fred
Kirkus Star
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Not since Carroll's Alice has there been such a marvelous and incredible adventure. (visual glossary, index, maps) (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)
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A charming French import first published in 1972 and now translated into English for the first time about a boy who falls down a well and finds himself in a strange, whimsical world. Read full book review >

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THE SUSPENDED CASTLE by Fred
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"While the whimsy and wonder run high, the narrative contrivances intrude more than in its predecessors. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Philemon is back on—or rather in—the map with his friend Mr. Bartholomew, where they must help more peculiar inhabitants of the nonsensical map-world. Read full book review >

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THE WILD PIANO by Fred
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Easily eclipsing the decades, this mind-bending fantasy blends familiar literary allusions, psychedelic settings, and just the right smattering of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Philemon (Cast Away on the Letter A, 2014) returns in another whimsical romp to revisit the letter A and free his friend Bartholomew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FABRIC OF SIN by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Rickman (The Remains of an Altar, 2007, etc.), a historian of the first order, neatly segues between church policies of today and seven centuries ago. Be prepared to read slowly, maybe even take notes."
Prince Charles's interests antagonize Masons, former hippies and an ultra-secret cadre devoted to Knights Templar history. Read full book review >

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THE LAMP OF THE WICKED by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Merrily links criminal, psychological, moral, sociological, spiritual, and supernatural realms to dig deeper into evildoing just when most fictional sleuths would be calling it quits."
A monumentally ambitious fourth outing for the vicar of Ledwardine church and Deliverance Consultant—the term contemporary Anglicans use for exorcist—to the Diocese of Hereford. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OEDIPUS by Yvan Pommaux
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A well-wrought and edifying adaptation. (Graphic mythology. 8-12)"
Reimagined through a hybrid picture-book/comics lens, Oedipus meets his cataclysmic fate. Read full book review >

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THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL by Seño Laura Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A likely hit with young eco-activists, despite the bland visuals. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Guatemalan community turns trash to treasure, thanks to a teacher's "crazy idea." Read full book review >