Search Results: "Michael Garland"


BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"From the beaver's coat to the tiger lily's petals to the snakeskin, this fish tale is a keeper. (Picture book/early reader. 4-8)"
Take a conventional story, add a new art technique—and voilà, a striking picture book is born. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA'S TRACTOR by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

A grandfather and his grandson share the sweetness of reminiscence and evoke a bygone era. Read full book review >

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MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"It's rare for books about the magic of reading to be themselves magical, and this, alas, is no exception. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Miss Smith takes her class to a spooky old library, the kids are dubious; they get downright anxious when librarian Ms Creeper reads a few characters out of Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook: the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, etc. Fright turns to fun when Ms Creeper passes out cookies and cider. Read full book review >

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DADDY PLAYED THE BLUES by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2017

"Skip. (song credits, map, thumbnail biographies) (Picture book. 6-8)"
One family's journey from Mississippi to Chicago in 1936, as recalled by the now-grown daughter, interweaves the history of the Great Migration and African-American blues heritage. Read full book review >

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PIZZA MOUSE  by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The mean streets may have never looked so clean, but it still takes pluck and courage to survive them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
For a New York City mouse, hazards abound—but also delicious discoveries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAR GOES FAR by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An inviting, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Garland's little red car invites children along for a ride to reading success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Enchantment is in the air as Emily builds a snowwoman in her yard, topping her off with an old coat, a carrot nose, a straw hat, and a fancy name—Katrina. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Not essential, but an inviting romp, falling on the visual complexity scale somewhere between Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes Junior (1999) and the hyper-busy-ness of Where's Waldo? (Picture book. 5-7)"
Garland places realistic but processed-looking patterned eggs, hens, chicks, real and chocolate bunnies, baskets and other Easter-ish iconography in multiple layers for this browser's-delight companion to Mystery Mansion (2001) and Christmas City (2002). Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS CITY by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The story concludes when Tommy finally finds his aunt waiting for him (on Santa's lap), holding a wrapped present for her nephew. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Children who enjoy searching out every last item in the I Spy series will enjoy this complex search-and-find puzzle and story combination with over 200 items to find throughout the volume. Read full book review >