Search Results: "Scott Goto"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PERFECT SWORD by Scott Goto
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An attractive and informative introduction to sword-making in ancient Japan with insight into the samurai code of honor. (author's notes, glossary) (Picture book. 7-10)"
After forging a magnificent samurai sword, a Japanese swordsmith of the Tokugawa period seeks a worthy owner for it. Read full book review >

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HEAT WAVE by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Goto's eye-popping, thermometer-busting illustrations are perfectly matched to the story's exaggerated dimensions; weird angles and brash colors give the fields and farm a parched look ideal for the antics in the foreground—even though those antics are too familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ketteman (Bubba, the Cowboy Prince, p. 1646, etc.) repeats herself in this pack of lies fashioned into a Kansas-style tall tale. Read full book review >

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SHOOTING STAR by Debbie Dadey
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"He makes a burlesque of the facial expressions of Annie's audience, whose uniform astonishment begins to look static. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture-book version of Annie Oakley's life that wavers between a fairly straight telling of the few known facts and tall-tale exaggerations that are both forced and silly. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT PANCAKE ESCAPE by Paul Many
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rhythmic, rip-roaring romp. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Our dad is a magician, / who can make a bird go poof, / but the day he cooked us pancakes, / he made an awful goof." Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"This disarming, funny and not agenda-driven dig at the hot-button issue of gender differences is likely to excite plenty of giggles—and perhaps some discussion, too. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Young readers who have ever been forcibly yoked to a rival for some class project will glory in this contentious oral report. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A ROYAL SUPERBABY by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The artistic mashup illustrates the value of collaborative effort as hilariously as does the tumultuous tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
For a new highlight in the annals of Good Cooperation, the creators of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (2005) reprise the winning premise and bring back much of the original cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALF WORLD by Hiromi Goto
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Hopeful and beautifully strange. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Fat, poor and intellectually slow, Melanie Tamaki's days are divided between torment at school and her alcoholic mother at home. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC PICKLE by Scott Morse
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverting and dill-ectable. (Graphic novel. 8-10)"
Different plot, different format, same cast: Running in parallel to published chapter-book episodes such as Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes (2007), this scenario-setter introduces the bulked-up cuke superhero. Read full book review >

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ARTICHOKE BOY by Scott Mickelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Artichoke Boy's joy in artichokes seems more a clinical issue than it is a bit of tomfool fun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mickelson takes a bold stab at trying to make the artichoke an object of amusement, but as vegetables go, the spiny globe is more strange than humorous. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Steve Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1998

"Children will chant and gesture along with this uncomplicated bedtime rhyme. (Board book. 2-3)"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear ($9.95; Jun. 30; 24 pp.; 0-694-01162-2): This Growing Tree entry has an easy, familiar verse, and Scott makes sure that even the youngest toddler will be able to follow the actions of a boy and his teddy bear as they touch, dance, point, jump, bow, run, and prepare for bed. Read full book review >