Search Results: "Sam Zuppardi"


BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT EERIE by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2014

"A lightweight gumbo of jokes, codes, treasure, history, mystery and assorted literary references. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The psychically linked twins lay a pair of New Orleans ghosts to rest while surviving a new threat to their lives in this second episode. Read full book review >

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NOBODY'S PERFECT by David Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not the most fascinating or consistent storyline, but snazzy artwork spruces it up. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nobody's perfect, and that's actually fine. Read full book review >

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THE TELL-TALE START by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"Middle-grade fans of L.L. Samson's Enchanted Attic series will enjoy this, though it's less clever in its twists and literary references. (Adventure. 10-12)"
Two twins so nearly interchangeable that they even share each other's thoughts nearly fall victim to a mad scientist in this mildly farcical series kickoff. Read full book review >

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THE PET AND THE PENDULUM by Gordon McAlpine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A fitting conclusion to a series as suspenseful as it is less-than-earnest, in which mad science, quantum entanglement, encounters with ghosts, and sly twists on literary figures and memes all figure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Telepathically conjoined twins, distant relatives of the eminent eponymous author, fall into the clutches of their mad-scientist nemesis one last time in this truly explosive series finale. Read full book review >

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JACK'S WORRY by Sam Zuppardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"Ideal antidote for anxious kids facing their own Worries. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy's fear of playing his trumpet at his first concert nearly overwhelms him until he confides in his mother. Read full book review >

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THINGS TO DO WITH DAD by Sam Zuppardi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"With some imagination, even chores can be fun. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A to-do list sure can be a drag. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW by Sam Usher
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With toys coming to life, all the fun in the snow, and the lovely child-grandparent relationship, this is a welcome addition to the winter bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With untouched snow outside, all a boy wants to do is to go to the park, but there is an obstacle. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR MEOW’S BIG EMERGENCY by Sam Lloyd
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Inaugurates the Whoops-a-Daisy World series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Under the auspices of the Kiss-it-Better Hospital, the intrepid Dr. Meow turns catastrophe into a happy ending. Read full book review >

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MR. PUSSKINS by Sam Lloyd
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Never mind the deficiency of details about how a cat can dial a phone, this shaggy story of 'cattitude' is amusing and unadulterated fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Meet Mr. Pusskins: The orange tabby on the cover scowling underneath his name and title will make readers grin or even chuckle. Read full book review >

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BEEP! BEEP! by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Toddlers who need the board-book pages will be confused by the story, and there are better choices for preschoolers fascinated by cars and trucks. (Board book. 1-3)"
Like Eric Barclay's Counting Dogs (2015), a sturdy "book in a box" that will hold up to rough handling. Read full book review >

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THE SADDEST TOILET IN THE WORLD by Sam Apple
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet's side? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Feeling hurt because young Danny refuses to sit on it, a toilet heads for…browner pastures. Read full book review >

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Warmth by Sam Wolfson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A gleefully convoluted tapestry of subplots that will have conspiracy theorists reading it a second time."
An Aussie gets caught up in a global conspiracy after he becomes a suspect in a political assassination in Wolfson's debut dystopian thriller. Read full book review >