Search Results: "Ross Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA JONES by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Would work especially well alongside a unit on Greek mythology. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fast-paced and funny middle-school drama about popularity and teasing with a mythological twist. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STAMPEDE by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A buggy blast; readers will be happy with the clear signs that that the twins' career as experimental subjects is far from over. (line drawings, glossary) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A spray of strange fluid gives 8-year-old twins Josh and Danny both six extra legs and a quick trip down the bathtub drain in this icky but informative series opener. Read full book review >

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FLY FRENZY by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Readers will suck up this quick and gooey adventure like the 'fly-spit smoothie' that it is. (line drawings) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
The plot thickens with complications, plus various sorts of goo and slime, in the second episode of this boys-as-bugs series. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WOKE UP I WAS A HIPPOPOTAMUS by Tom McRae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A sweet, if literal exploration of changing moods, it will likely have readers imagining their own transformations. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Collins' artwork serves as an immediate draw to this rambunctious tale of a comically shape-shifting young boy. Read full book review >

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THE ROBE OF SKULLS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Larded with stock comical characters and illustrated with Collins's gangly, Beardsley-esque line drawings, the story will slip down like the bonbon it is. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Conceiving a burning desire for a new gown—black velvet, decorated with poison ivy, spider webs and skulls—wicked Lady Lamorna decides to pay for it by turning all the local princes into frogs and extracting ransoms from their royal parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALVIE EATS SOUP by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the back cover says: 'Contains nutcases suitable for vegetarians'—and a surefire recipe for chuckles. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In stylish, quip-laden scenes, Collins (Fairy Nuff, p. 801, etc.) presents a picky eater extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Silly, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A bear has settled himself in a mouse's chair, and nothing will move him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOODLEDAY by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A nifty heir to Harold and the Purple Crayon. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mom departs for the store with emphatic instructions that Harvey mustn't draw because today is "Doodleday," but Harvey doesn't obey this baffling edict. Read full book review >

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DEAR VAMPA by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Patricia Polacco's The Graves Family (2003) would doubtless have made more resilient neighbors. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a letter to his Transylvanian grandfather young Bram Pire tallies complaints against his new next-door neighbors the Wolfsons: They stay up and make noise all day. Read full book review >

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FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF MABEL JONES by Will Mabbitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"This high-spirited, pirate-tastic romp is for kids who like their buccaneers a little on the wild side. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Bloodthirsty pirates abduct their latest crew member only to find to their horror that it's…a girl! Read full book review >