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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

SWISSMIST by Randy Powell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"As the plot meanders to a quietly satisfying close, few will be surprised to find that Milo's emotional growth has surpassed his father's. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Dry wit crackles through this intelligent novel about a teen boy's family troubles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"An entertaining survey of highly unusual happenings that situate humans rather low on nature's food chain."
Boggling stories of crazy weather, from ice fogs and black blizzards to whirlwinds of fire, accompanied by explanations of the whys and wherefores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAIL OF FIRE by Randy Fritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"The memoir is uneven, but the author admirably hopes to help others who would benefit from therapy but might consider it a sign of weakness."
A memoir of a man devastated by the loss of his home in a forest fire and the therapy that helped him recover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOLL EYES by Randy Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"A mean, funny spin on what happens when you talk yourself into being in love."
After a two-year split, the engagingly corrupt Rooster Franklin (Caught Looking, etc.) has decided he can't live without Rosalinda, and when he shows up on her Kansas City doorstep, he fully expects her to marry him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TASTE FOR CHAOS by Randy Fertel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"A smart blend of psychology, philosophy and literary history, well-written if sometimes obscure; of broad interest to students of contemporary literary theory."
An inquisitive examination of the impulse that yields literary improvisation—which is to say, literature itself. Read full book review >