Search Results: "Michelle Knudsen"


BOOK REVIEW

EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
The spirit of Buffy is alive and kicking in this bloody debut for teens from an author better known for her children's books (The Princess of Trelian, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A promising start. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Appealing characterization elevates a standard fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARILYN'S MONSTER by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A surprising spin on monsters with nicely effective artwork—and heart. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Marilyn waits and waits for her monster to find her, the way all her friends' monster companions found them, until she finally gives up and goes looking for him. Read full book review >

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ARGUS by Michelle Knudsen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"With his expressive ears, wings and tail, naughty Argus will capture attention and hearts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A class science project raising baby chicks becomes a memorable lesson in tolerance when one "chick" is decidedly different from the others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG MEAN MIKE by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A warning: This book may make you like cute bunnies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBRARY LION by Michelle Knudsen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Consider this a less prescriptive alternative to Eric A. Kimmel's I Took My Frog to the Library (1990), illustrated by Blanche Sims—and it doesn't hurt that the maned visitor is as huge and friendly looking as the one in James Daugherty's classic Andy and the Lion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAT HAT by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Ralph might even find his way into story hours, paired up with that superstar cat or even with Jack Gantos's Rotten Ralph (1976), a very different kind of cat. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Emergent readers with tightly limited word lists are notoriously difficult to write, especially when two of the words are already firmly enshrined in the shadow of that extremely well-known cat in the striped hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Nonetheless, the likable characters and brisk narrative will undoubtedly lure readers into eagerly anticipating future installments. Next time, though—more Jakl, please! (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An engaging fantasy sequel marred by middle-book syndrome. Read full book review >

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THE MAGE OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A solid, satisfying genre performance; it may not invent any new tricks, but it executes each component in a grand fashion. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast. Lots of blasts. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Campy, from the setting to the humor to the horror, and all the better for it. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
Take one part humor, add an equal part horror, and spice with teenage drama (musical and romantical) for a (slightly grim) laugh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 4, 2012

"Nothing spectacular, but this well-modulated teen material is rendered with perceptive restraint."
In Knudsen's debut young-adult novel, a teen unhappily uprooted to a small Maine community forms fateful new relationships with a rich "bad girl" and a boy stricken with a chronic malady. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLESSED ARE YOU by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1993

"These vigorously limned, unabashedly homely kids might be cousins of the ones in Edwards's Alef-bet (1992); again, the bright, harmonious colors and the warmth and energy of the design bespeak a productive, loving, and devout family. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2-8)"
Thirteen brief prayers in Edwards's translations, which she uses with her own children, plus the original Hebrew and a transliteration, all appearing on versos elaborately bordered with a vine-like motif that echoes the Hebrew script and also incorporates appropriate symbols—e.g., for the prayer beginning, ``God, grant us peace and goodness,'' Edwards includes a dove, a rainbow, and a menorah. Read full book review >