Search Results: "Randy Petrick"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Sage, grandfatherly, often-amusing advice on watching one's pennies."
Financial coach Petrick offers dozens of strategies to save money while maintaining a sense of humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RANDY THE DAYDREAMING DOG by Jan Graveline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A perfect choice for those who value weak potty humor, a hollow story and uninspiring animation and interaction. Others would do well to set their alarms before this dream takes shape. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After his master leaves for work, a dog passes the time by daydreaming. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A brief but enlightening social history of a great American artist."
A fresh, well-researchedstudy of artist Norman Rockwell's treatment of race. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON RING by Randy DuBurke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the boundless energy and sheer playfulness of this debut will please young readers, and leave them hoping to see more from DuBurke. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers the truth of her grandma's dictum that "magic loves blue-moon light," when a Frisbee-sized, wish-granting silver ring falls at her feet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREEWARE by Rudy Rucker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Rucker regulars, Valley types, diehard cyberpunks, and devotees of old comics like Metal Men and Doom Patrol."
More kooky-future cyberpunk (following the paperbacks Software and Wetware) from the mathematician author of The Hacker and the Ants (1994), etc. ``Moldies'' are artificial lifeforms made of imipolex, a sort of intelligent plastic, combined with algae and fungi (they don't need to eat, drink, or sleep), and can assume several different body shapes; the main ambition of every moldie is to earn enough imipolex to be able to reproduce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFF THE GRID by Randy Denmon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots."
An engineer and novelist's account of how he traveled from Louisiana to Panama in an electric car. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REFUSAL by Randy Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A retro space opera that stars a robust hero, diabolical aliens, and powerful hybrids."
A security pro embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, defending imperiled Earth against an approaching alien fleet, with unearthly allies and traitors on all sides. Read full book review >