Search Results: "Philip Ardagh"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Dahl and Snicket fans will find themselves on familiar ground. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The famously large and hairy author of the "Eddie Dickens" trilogy opens a new trio of Unfortunate Events—er, "Unlikely Exploits," with the fatal plummet of young Fergal McNally from a 14th-floor window. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Better known on this side of the Atlantic for series nonfiction, Ardagh kicks off what promises to be yet another Dickensian farce with this tale of an 11-year-old buffeted by winds of silliness. Read full book review >

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HEIR OF MYSTERY by Philip Ardagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The oppressively rain-soaked setting, and Roberts's vignettes of misshapen figures with madly staring eyes, give the tale a Lemony taste (as in Snicket)—but it reads more like a set-up for future episodes than a self-contained story. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The second of Ardagh's Unlikely Exploits series takes the poor but unusually gifted McNally sibs into dreaded Fishbone Forest to reclaim the pilfered brain of their recently deceased youngest member, Fergal. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE TIMES by Philip Ardagh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lemony Snicket fans in need of a happy ending might take to this very British farce as a change of pace. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh claims to be closing out this trilogy, but readers of the earlier volumes may be justifiably skeptical. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Edward Gorey-esque ink drawings, tumbles along merrily to a happy ending on the strength of its unusually daffy supporting cast and resourceful main characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh uses the third of his Unfor—er, "Unlikely Exploits" to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren't really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A solid effort; though left to his own devices and deprived of the sometimes stimulating company he kept, Ardagh himself is rather pedestrian."
A book on Ireland and the Irish that is conscientious, earnest, and, unlike its subject, a little dull. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAPES by Philip Giordano
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A winner. (Board book. 1-3)"
Lifting flaps reveal the simple geometry underlying the world around us. Read full book review >

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VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >

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BLOOD BROTHERS IN LOUISBOURG by Philip Roy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"This rather dry offering may find a place in a history classroom; however, the lack of an absorbing story and truly compelling characters will cause most casual readers to soon abandon the tale, if they pick it up in the first place. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
In 1744, two brothers, unbeknownst to each other, arrive at the French fortress of Louisbourg in what is now Nova Scotia and find themselves swept up in what is destined to be an important battle between the French and English. Read full book review >

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NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A gem, much like those rumored to rest in a dragon's hoard. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Dragon-slaying is the perfect medieval con, until it turns out dragons aren't so imaginary after all. Read full book review >