Search Results: "Ruth Austin"


BOOK REVIEW

SO MANY CUDDLES by Ruth Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"An intimate, low-key variation on a popular theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A sweet celebration of a day filled with physical contact, from "rise and shine cuddles" to "sleep tight and good night." Read full book review >

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PRISM by Austin Bay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1996

"Implausible but readable fantasy for Soldier-of-Fortune fans."
James Bond lives again in a wildly improbable, marginally absurd military thriller that forges high-tech hardware and ESP. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS LOVE SCHOOL by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Though most readers would probably rather not face a Cyclops principal, hopefully they will have as good a first day as Blue and come to love school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Austin's scribbly, lovable monsters are back, this time going beyond an exploration of colors (Monsters Love Colors, 2013) to tackle the biggest adventure of all—Monster School. Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN WITH MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"An amusing, imaginative launch into outer space. (Board book. 1-3)"
Milo and Mouse have an out-of-this-world adventure. Read full book review >

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JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >

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FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Bold and energetic, and complete with fire-safety tips and fire-gear endpapers, this is one surefire win for the firefighter fan. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's firefighters to the rescue in this action-packed homage to both the heroes and their truck. Read full book review >

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RESCUE SQUAD NO. 9 by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"'Hooray! Hooray!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following Fire Engine No. 9 (2015), Austin looks at maritime emergency vehicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Austin Aslan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exciting and fast-paced entertainment with a thoughtful subtext asking readers to ponder the interconnectedness of life on a fragile planet. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Islands at the End of the World (2014) finds Leilani reunited with her family on Hawaii's Big Island as humanity slowly adapts to the new, post-apocalyptic normal.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"After this paean to all he's learned, it's jarring to read that Murphy later returned to the Sports Illustrated life. He may claim that since his adventure, 'when I'm home, I'm more involved,' but that's cold comfort."
Predictable but funny account of a sports journalist's half-year stint as a stay-at-home dad. Read full book review >

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NAKAMURA REALITY by Alex Austin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2016

"A clumsily written novel about grief, guilt, and redemption that somehow achieves emotional dullness, paying lip service to feeling without generating its own."
A father finds himself drawn into the mystery of his sons' disappearance after more than a decade of grieving their loss. Read full book review >