Search Results: "Mike Deas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE BATTLING BOTS by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"High-energy high jinks in a multicultural, or at least multispecies, setting. (Graphic/mystery/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Young sleuths stumble on a demonic conspiracy to blow the lid off Slick City's new sports arena. Just for a start. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE SLIME STAMPEDE by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Young readers will slurp up the gumshoes' gooey first exploit with relish. And perhaps a few choco-slug cookies. (Mystery/fantasy. 9-11)"
The game's afoot (so to speak) for two amateur sleuths when slime monsters belonging to the school custodian go on a rampage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I, WITNESS by Norah McClintock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Bodies pile up around Boone like he's some teenage Jessica Fletcher, straining credulity but not sparking much interest. (Graphic thriller. 13 & up)"
If it means putting yourself in danger, do you have to come forward as a witness? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POWER PLAY by Liam O’Donnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"The point is well made: Democracy is imperfect but self-righting in its course. (Graphic thriller. 8-12)"
O'Donnell and Deas present another educational thriller in graphic mode (Ramp Rats, 2008, etc.). 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

RAMP RATS by Liam O’Donnell
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"However, the graphic format and step-by-step instructions on skating technique may draw in reluctant readers or young novice skaters. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In this second volume of Orca's Graphic Guide Adventures, the how-to topic is skateboarding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORDER OF THE SCALES by Stephen Deas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Startling, unremitting violence at a blistering pace, where who survives, wins."
Third entry in the series (The King of the Crags, 2011, etc.), all of which previously appeared in the U.K., about telepathic dragons who after death are reborn with their memories intact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COCK-A-DOODLE DANCE! by Christine Tricarico
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"This romp may be slight in plot, but it's overflowing in clever wordplay. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life on the farm is positively "Cock-a-Doodle DULL" until Rooster catches a jitterbug that starts the whole barn a shakin' and a rollin'. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FAMILY by Mike Curato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Young children will easily relate to Elliot's experience of loneliness and his relief at inclusion, both convincingly captured in this elegant tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pachyderm who searched for friendship in Little Elliot, Big City (2014) returns to seek a family in this follow-up.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TARGET PRACTICE by Mike Maihack
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"Offer this winning adventure to young fans of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl (2011). (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)"
This Cleopatra wasn't born to rule over Egypt—she has a galaxy to save! Read full book review >

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 >