Search Results: "Phil Bildner"


BOOK REVIEW

BUSTED by Phil Bildner
FICTION
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"However, this book has a place in public libraries serving teens with a reputation for partying. (Fiction. YA)"
Four connected stories about happenings at fictional Coldwater Creek High School may raise some adult eyebrows, but teens, especially reluctant readers, may think these guys have got it going on. Read full book review >

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PLAYING THE FIELD by Phil Bildner
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too improbable for realism, not sharp enough for farce and simply unconvincing. (Fiction. YA)"
Implausible characterizations and motivations run through this high-school senior's first-person narration of a feud, a crush and making the boys' baseball team. Read full book review >

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TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS by Phil Bildner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Readers will applaud Hannah's polite persistence. (afterword, resources) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Fact and fiction dovetail neatly in this tale of a wonderfully resolute child who finds a memorable way to convince her father that the newly-finished Brooklyn Bridge is safe to cross. Read full book review >

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A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A school story with heart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade is, as the title indicates, a whole new ballgame for best friends Rip and Red. Read full book review >

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SHOELESS JOE & BLACK BETSY by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A lengthy synopsis of Joe's entire career and his statistics are appended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Is great hitting in the clean, natural swing of the batter—or the perfectly balanced feel of the bat? Read full book review >

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THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Readers will enjoy the period detail, the recognizable-but-even-larger-than-life football heroes on the field and the reminder that shared pleasures are best. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
A lad and his pop find a way to renew their sports bonding after their favorite baseball team moves away in this engagingly illustrated tribute to a legendary football game. Read full book review >

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PHIL PICKLE by Kenny Herzog
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Real aspiring actors should be warned that it's not going to be that easy. Still, a feel-good story any way you slice it. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Most pickles just wait for their turns to be served with burgers and fries. Not Phil. Read full book review >

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DEREK JETER PRESENTS NIGHT AT THE STADIUM by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"A direct riff on Night at the Museum. Also, by now younger readers will barely remember Jeter as a player, so the lionization may need some explanation. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young New York Yankees fan gets some unexpected help in his quest for an autograph from his favorite (ex) player. Read full book review >

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MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >

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THE HALLELUJAH FLIGHT by Phil Bildner
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Pair with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick (1999), to illustrate the excitement of early flight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pioneering aviator James Banning dreamed of becoming the first African-American to fly across the country, though his biplane was old and worn. Read full book review >

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THE SHOT HEARD ’ROUND THE WORLD by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Baseball history brought to life. (Picture book. 8-12)"
"The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" Read full book review >

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TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS  by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Another solid volume in a fun and lively series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The latest installment of the Rip and Red series features more basketball action and slices of middle school life. Read full book review >