Search Results: "Richard Newsome"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MASK OF DESTINY by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Occasional jokey dialogue won't be enough to carry readers over a story riddled with logical gaps, extraneous characters, massive coincidences and laboriously fabricated suspense. Illustrations not seen. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A frenetic dash across Europe that leads both to hidden treasure and the resolution of a 1,600-year-old mystery brings Newsome's once-promising trilogy to a muddled, heavily contrived close. Read full book review >

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THE EMERALD CASKET by Richard Newsome
ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

"Fans of 39 Clues-style adventures will be swept along. (illustrations not seen) (Adventure. 11-14)"
They may have (apparently) lost round one in trilogy opener Billionaire's Curse (2010), but 13-year-old Gerald and his squabbling twin sidekicks Sam and Ruby aren't giving up. Read full book review >

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THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE by Richard Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Still, there's no letup in the pacing, and all the tried-and-true mystery elements add up to an Anthony Horowitz-style romp. (Adventure. 11-14)"
Gerald, a seemingly ordinary Sydney teenager, rises to the occasion when a previously unmet great-aunt in England leaves him 20 billion pounds and a note asking him to find her murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Muddy Mouth by C.A. Newsome
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An entertaining and well-crafted addition to a dog-centric mystery series."
Newsome (Sneak Thief, 2015, etc.) returns to the adventures of artist and canine lover Lia Anderson. Read full book review >

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SHADOW by Jill Newsome
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The moody artwork beautifully conveys Rosy's loneliness, and her joy in finding Shadow, and a new friend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Newsome's story makes painfully clear just how difficult it is to move into a new neighborhood, but children won't find ways to address that difficulty in this improbable tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM DANCER by Jill Newsome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A polished pas de deux from a pair of pros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration, husband-and-wife team Newsome and Muñoz (Shadow, 1999) effectively encapsulate the elusive essence of dance with the joyful story of a little girl named Lily and her tiny wooden dancing doll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECAUSE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those children who just cannot wait to grow up comes a tale that emphasizes their growing pains and the importance of their families' support. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN ELEPHANT IN THE BACKYARD by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"He isn't the first to visit a village where people and elephants cohabit, but he offers a closer, more intimate portrait than readers will find in Jeremy C. Schmidt's In the Village of the Elephants (1994), or Roland Smith's In the Forest with Elephants (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Young readers may never complain about feeding or cleaning up after the dog again once they've met Wan Pen, a four-year-old pet/sibling/working animal belonging to a family in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WOLF by Richard Egielski
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The attractive design includes decorated borders around the illustrations and an old-fashioned typeface in brown against beige backgrounds with the look of parchment or vellum. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Caldecott Medalist Egielski focuses on one incident in the life of St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BOOK? by Richard McGuire
Released: March 1, 1997

"The illustrations are dandy, with compositions that must be pored over even though they never intertwine with the text; this is a collection of intriguing pictures rather than story carried and complemented by images. (Picture book. 5+)"
McGuire (What Goes Around Comes Around, 1995, etc.) sweeps out his graphic arts playhouse for a scrapbook of conundrums, collages, and shadow plays. Read full book review >