Search Results: "Mirah Clarke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF MR. MOUSE by Edward Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2013

"A disappointing attempt at both storytelling and interactive camaraderie. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Another badly rhymed, navigationally cluttered "adventure" with Mr. Mouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF MR. MOUSE by Edward Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Apart from decent navigation and a few touch features that are only briefly entertaining, nothing in this app rises above mediocrity. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A selfish hamster learns about the benefits of sharing from two generous mice. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GIRL LOST (AND FOUND)
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

Cover Story: Ripped and Torn
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: The Long and the Short
Bonus Factor: Girl on the Milk Carton
Relationship Status: Group Therapy

Cover Story: Ripped and Torn

This is an interesting cover, and fairly effective—two ripped photos juxtaposing the main character’s ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E I E I O by Gus Clarke
adapted by Gus Clarke, illustrated by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
Any new edition of ``Old MacDonald'' needs a compelling novelty to justify its existence; here, the author-illustrator of Eddie and Teddy (1991) comes up with an elaborate scheme of incorporating the animals' ``quacks,'' ``moos,'' etc., in cartoon-style balloons that are cleverly integrated into the text on the verso pages where they are first introduced; on the rectos, the animals assemble in their increasing numbers to issue a comical cacophony for new readers to sort out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN GREEN MONSTERS by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"After he gets his just deserts, young readers are sure to go back to the beginning to check out the preceding byplay once again; fortunately, the sturdy pages and binding should withstand plenty of rereadings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusually appealing book with a number of surefire features, not least of which are the eponymous monsters ``standing on the wall'' who, one by one, ``accidentally fall'' in the classic tradition—as revealed by opening a broad flap on each spread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL CAPSELLA AND THE WATCHDOGS by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 1991

"What's special is Al's mellow tone: he may find his parents inconvenient or incomprehensible, but he views them with an amused tolerance that's both hilarious and endearing (and, one hopes, contagious). (Fiction. 11-15)"
In an engaging sequel to The Heroic Life of Al Capsella (1990), Al continues his affectionate sparring with parents who are almost as outlandish as they seem to his embarrassed 15-year- old eyes. Mrs. Capsella, successful author of romances, has given Al a notably lumpy, badly sewn, homemade beanbag chair that proves to contain all the ``Home Duties presents'' (apron, egg- timer, etc.) her mother had forced on her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT TRAIN by Judith Clarke
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A believable, gripping story, unrelenting and tragic. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Luke struggles to keep his sanity while his family, his girlfriend, and his school tragically ignore, mistreat, or misunderstand his symptoms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL CAPSELLA TAKES A VACATION by J. Clarke
FICTION
Released: May 21, 1993

"Fans may enjoy this, but it's a weaker effort all around. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In his third appearance, the 16-year-old Australian and his friend Lou hoodwink their parents into letting just the two of them vacation at Scutchthorpe, which a friend has glowingly described as a beach paradise with discos and an abundance of compliant girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RITES OF SPRING by Roger Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2000

"Overall, less compelling than an off issue of Granta."
A flat and surprisingly uninventive collection by young British authors, some appearing in print for the first time, some better established—though few of the names are likely to ring many bells with American readers. Read full book review >