Search Results: "Mike Bartos"


BOOK REVIEW

BASH by Mike Bartos
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"An intriguing premise that casts the bureaucrats and their system as the bad guys."
An undercover reporter gets trapped in a state-run mental hospital for the criminally insane. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT IN MALAMULELE by Darla Bartos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"Appealing characters and settings enhance this unnerving murder mystery."
In Bartos' mystery debut, an American teacher staying at a South African convent uses her skills as a former crime reporter to solve the murder of a nun. 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

COLORS VERSUS SHAPES by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Not nearly as much fun as the showdown between letters and numbers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Boldt (123 versus ABC, 2013) continues to mix things up; this time, colors and shapes audition to be the stars of a book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DALEN & GOLE:  SCANDAL IN PORT ANGUS by Mike Deas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Squeaky-clean, good fun, even if a little underdeveloped. (Graphic science fiction. 8-11)"
A crisp, clear comic romp about two alien friends who uncover a gently sinister scheme that could destroy both their home planet and a small fishing town on Earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A IS FOR SALAD by Mike Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICKEY MOONBEAM by Mike Brownlow
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Prime sci-fi adventure for the very young. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A boy astronaut journeys in his spaceship to save an alien pen pal. 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

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Gorgeous illustrations and an evocative time period support a somewhat staid story. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third book featuring Little Elliot, a polka-dot elephant, and Mouse brings them to Coney Island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR SCOUTS by Mike Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"All scouts—and readers—must now raise their right hands and solemnly swear to read this. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
An alien abduction goes a long way toward curing Avani's new-kid blues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This feels far more like a parable for adults than a picture book for children, who may also miss the elegance of the New York City images in their dark, soft palette. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The big city is clearly New York, but it's a grayed and sepia city sometime in the late 1940s, judging from the cars and clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAD'S FIRST DAY by Mike Wohnoutka
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"By the end of the book, readers will be all set for school too: this is sure to provoke shared laughter that will calm the fears of even the most unready parents. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With tongue firmly in cheek, Wohnoutka recognizes that kids going to school for the first time aren't the only ones who are nervous. Read full book review >