Search Results: "Patrick Arrasmith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathan Auxier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message, Arrasmith's atmospheric drawings and touches of humor amid the horror make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Replete with engaging figurative language and literary allusions to works ranging from the Bible to Paradise Lost, Auxier's creepy Victorian ghost story is an allegory on greed and the power of stories. Read full book review >

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ATTACK OF THE FIEND by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Not recommended for beneath-the-sheets reading. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Once again packaged as a doorstopper but reading as if it's half the length, the fourth episode in the harrowing training of teenaged Tom Ward as a bulwark against all that is evil and supernatural brings some disturbing revelations about his absent mother's identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIMALKIN THE WITCH ASSASSIN by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A good balance between dark action and emotional costs. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
This installment deviates from The Last Apprentice's usual formula, following witch assassin Grimalkin instead of Spook's apprentice Thomas Ward after the events of Rage of the Fallen (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT OF THE SOUL STEALER by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Arrasmith's dark chapter-head illustrations and appended 'notebook' pages add atmosphere but not vitality to this limp, overlong outing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The third and weakest episode in Delaney's Last Apprentice series takes narrator Tom Ward, his secretive master Old Gregory and canny young witch Alice to winter quarters on bleak Anglezarke Moor where, thanks to massive contrivances, they survive encounters with three blood-sucking witches, a boggart or two and a necromancer out to raise one of the old gods. Read full book review >

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CURSE OF THE BANE by Joseph Delaney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will be hooked from the first line. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Opening with a victim's agonized scream, Delaney returns to the boggart-ridden County for a second gruesome, lickety-split episode featuring young Tom Ward, seventh son of a seventh son and for some months now apprenticed to the Spook, a hunter of malign spirits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS by Clare B. Dunkle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"For readers familiar with Brontë's novel, the final connection is a masterstroke; even those who don't get it will find this a keeper. (Horror. 12 & up)"
Pagan magic, Heathcliff's back story and a lot of scary dead maids: Dunkle's knack for the creepy (By These Ten Bones, 2005) sets spines tingling. Read full book review >

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RENEE PATRICK
by Gerald Bartell

Reach for the popcorn. The silver screen sleuths from Paramount Pictures, one-time would be actress Lillian Fox and costume designer Edith Head (based upon the real life Oscar winner) team up for their second case in Renee Patrick’s Dangerous to Know. With Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns firing off great lines, the caper is as much ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A PERFECTLY MESSED-UP STORY by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A playful, funny and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's an existential dilemma: What if you were a character in a book, and sandwich fillings fell onto your page from above? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOUTH by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Warm and glowy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A flock of small, yellow birds sitting in a tree takes flight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUG TIME by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The illustrations are the greatest strength here; and, like its predecessors, this would be a fine gift or story-time choice. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jules (aka Shtinky Puddin') finally gets his own picture-book platform to preach his environmentally friendly, endangered-species-loving message. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED CAT WHO RAN AWAY AND LEARNED HIS ABC'S (THE HARD WAY) by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This (mostly) wordless book opens with the titular little red cat running out of his house toward an alligator with open jaws, and a chase begins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALBERT AND THE ALPHABETIMALS by Patrick  O'Toole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2012

"Overall, though, O'Toole's iPad app delivers on a basic premise: Learning can be simple, imaginative and fun. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Albert thinks "learning ABC's [is] a bore. / He'd rather go on safari, take some pictures and explore"...and so he does. Read full book review >