Search Results: "Mike Grinti"


BOOK REVIEW

CLAWS by Mike  Grinti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Clunky in spots, this nonetheless intriguing debut will likely appeal to fantasy fanatics; others may wish to wait for a more polished follow-up. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
After a slow buildup, this middle-grade fantasy offers some intriguing elements as it hurtles toward an exciting, if abrupt, ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, RUPERT! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Preschoolers will bleat for a repeat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rupert the Rooster just wants to sleep in! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

123 VERSUS ABC by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers won't care whether it's about letters or numbers—they will be too busy poring over the artwork and laughing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a scale from one to 10, what's your favorite color of the alphabet? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOUNCING BABIES by Mike Brownlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Babies wake at half-past two!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
In lilting verse, Brownlow (The Big White Book with (Almost) Nothing in It, not reviewed, etc.) cheerfully celebrates all that infants love to do from morning to night; they don't just gurgle and sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTFOXED by Mike Twohy
by Mike Twohy, illustrated by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A goose egg. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cartoonist Twohy delivers lackluster laughs in this tale of a clever duck and not-too-bright fox. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TIGER TAIL by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Anya isn't the only kid who worries about being different on the first day; no matter how unique, though, readers are sure to find a niche to call their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anya doesn't seem at all worried that it's the start of a new school year, but the tiger tail she's sprouted overnight is a huge cause for concern. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, FALL FRIENDS by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A yummy, happy resolution—perfectly delectable to the preschool crowd. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little Elliot (a small, white pachyderm with pastel polka dots) and his bestie, Mouse, need a respite from the big city's grating sounds, slightly sickening smells, and frenetic pace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSEUM MYSTERY SQUAD AND THE CASE OF THE HIDDEN HIEROGLYPHICS by Mike Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"The historical information is a bit flimsy, but deduction and slick detective work save the day. (Mystery. 7-9)"
In their latest caper, four young sleuths (counting the hamster) not only uncover a hidden treasure, but foil its theft. Read full book review >