Search Results: "Mike Austin"


BOOK REVIEW

MONSTERS LOVE SCHOOL by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Though most readers would probably rather not face a Cyclops principal, hopefully they will have as good a first day as Blue and come to love school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Austin's scribbly, lovable monsters are back, this time going beyond an exploration of colors (Monsters Love Colors, 2013) to tackle the biggest adventure of all—Monster School. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTDOWN WITH MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"An amusing, imaginative launch into outer space. (Board book. 1-3)"
Milo and Mouse have an out-of-this-world adventure. 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

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

FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Bold and energetic, and complete with fire-safety tips and fire-gear endpapers, this is one surefire win for the firefighter fan. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's firefighters to the rescue in this action-packed homage to both the heroes and their truck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTERS LOVE COLORS by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Groovy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dynamic monsters cavort and shriek and play with color. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NELLIE BELLE by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Sunny, reassuring fare for recent graduates from toddlerdom itching to leave safe harbors (for a time, at least) to check out new horizons of their own. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A canine explorer finds small adventures in the wide world outside her fenced yard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RESCUE SQUAD NO. 9 by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"'Hooray! Hooray!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following Fire Engine No. 9 (2015), Austin looks at maritime emergency vehicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PRESENT FOR MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2010

"Here's hoping the paper romp is as engaging as the digital one. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Like a Next Gen version of a lift-the-flap Spot story, this digital cat-and-mouse chase features very simple art, familiar settings and hidden surprises in every scene. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENNY, PENNY, LENNY, DENNY, AND MIKE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Budding aquaculturists will enjoy this tale of friendship from a fish-eye view. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Aquarium life is anything but boring…it's "FAB!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRISM by Austin Bay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1996

"Implausible but readable fantasy for Soldier-of-Fortune fans."
James Bond lives again in a wildly improbable, marginally absurd military thriller that forges high-tech hardware and ESP. Read full book review >

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 >