Search Results: "Pat Byrnes"


BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN DAD by Pat Byrnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"Droll and sometimes useful commentary on early child care."
The superhero approach to raising kids. Read full book review >

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BOUNTY by Michael Byrnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Charles Bronson's Death Watch meets the Internet, with little of the hand-wringing melodrama that might suggest."
Vigilantism goes viral in this thriller about a website that pays bounties for the killing of unpunished child abusers, financial scammers, human rights violators, and other bad actors. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED BONES by Michael Byrnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"Unimpressive, gee-whiz fare."
Brigands in the employ of the Vatican swipe a fancy stone box from a secret chamber under the holiest and most fought-over spot in Jerusalem. Guess whose 2,000-year-old bones are in the box? Read full book review >

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PIE FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A pie cooling on a windowsill and passing miscreants of all stripes make for an inexorable combustion. Read full book review >

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TEN RED APPLES by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"A welcome addition to the counting-book genre, Hutchins's playful tale is an edifying and energetic romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A farmer's bountiful apple tree is besieged by his hungry livestock in this lively countdown from the author of countless clever concept books. Read full book review >

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MY BEST FRIEND by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"A deceptively simple story with real insight, refreshing as a bright spring day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The narrator—a dark-skinned preschooler—describes the many ways her friend surpasses her: she runs faster, climbs farther, eats spaghetti neatly, can do her own buttons, and even knows how to read. ``I'm glad she's my best friend,'' the child reiterates; still, when the friend sleeps over, at bedtime her host is the one who knows that there's no monster blowing the curtains—only the wind. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AROUND by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: May 9, 1991

"An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8)"
There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before—having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)—it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. Read full book review >

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BARN DANCE! by Pat Hutchins
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Fans of the author may appreciate this effort; others will find it slight at best. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this latest farmyard tale by venerable author-illustrator Hutchins, a horse, sheep and pig are inspired to dance but don't want to disturb their offspring. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2006

"With the nostalgic pastel-and-watercolor illustrations, this is a kid-perfect vehicle for encouraging children's minds to take off. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Jack, the scruffy but adorable little terrier, has a boy. Read full book review >

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ANANSE AND THE LIZARD by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Sleekly round, shiny black Ananse appears the perfect unctuous schemer, and those familiar with the legends surrounding him will enjoy his comeuppance. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ananse is the tricked rather than the trickster in this addition to the pantheon of tales featuring the sneaky spider. Read full book review >