Search Results: "Michael W. Austin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2011

"A blend of humor and thought-provoking content guaranteed to stimulate readers' intellect."
An unexpectedly fun collection of essays exploring the link between coffee and philosophy. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL TWITTY
by Gregory McNamee

Recipes, like people, have DNA. It may take some ferreting out, some hard kitchen testing, some documentary research, and some more tasting and adjusting, but eventually that yellowed slip of paper tucked into grandmom’s copy of Joy of Cooking will yield its ancestry, reveal its origins through the patina of the past, and show how tastes and ingredients have changed ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LATE FOR SCHOOL by Mike Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Children tardy and timely alike will laugh at this droll recitation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In the fine tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, The Boy Who Was Always Late (1988), a New York lad overcomes—or so he claims—all sorts of unusual obstacles to get to school, from a flood in Times Square to a Hyundai-eating robot from Mars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAILROAD JOHN AND THE RED ROCK RUN by Tony Crunk
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"It's mighty tall-tale telling, just waitin' for a teller and a passel of kids. (Picture book/tall tale. 5-8)"
Granny Apple Fritter and Lonesome Bob are countin' on Railroad John to bring in the Sagebrush Flyer on time to Red Rock because Lonesome Bob is going to marry Wildcat Annie at exactly 2:00. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISSY FITZ by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Not Jennings' best, but worth it for cat fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Can't a kitty catch a break for a nap? Not in the Fitz house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Worthy of being shelved next to Jon Scieszka's funniest. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Grandits' latest is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look at the perils of riding the school bus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COWPOKE CLYDE AND DIRTY DAWG by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Plumb funny, fer sure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Gadzooks! Cowpoke Clyde has talents galore, but he just can't corral that big ol' dirty Dawg into the washin' tub, and all Clyde's efforts lead to some mighty hilarious mischief in this cumulative tale set in the old West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTINA THE BEAUTIFUL COCKROACH by Carmen Agra Deedy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Fun to compare with other versions, this telling has magic all its own. (Folklore. 6-10)"
Available in both English and Spanish (ISBN: 978-1-56145-425-9) editions, this new version of a story told in Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Latin-American countries is lively and funny, without the sad ending found in some tellings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COWPOKE CLYDE RIDES THE RANGE by Lori Mortensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Another doggone funny cowboy caper chock full o' chuckles. (Picture book. 3-8)"
That ol' rascal Cowpoke Clyde is back in the saddle again for another rollicking ride on the range (Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, 2013), this time on one of them newfangled machines called a bicycle.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM PATCH by Julie Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"This brief biography of one particular historical daredevil seems poorly suited to the picture-book format and audience. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Sam Patch was a real person who found fame (and an early death) by jumping from dangerous heights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN RULES YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT BREAK IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE THE CAFETERIA by John Grandits
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Some solid advice about both the cafeteria and life is embedded in this tongue-in-cheek tale. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Grandits and Austin team up again to bring readers more school rules that they should (not!) follow. Read full book review >