Search Results: "Scott M. Fischer"


BOOK REVIEW

JUMP! by Scott M. Fischer
ANIMALS
Released: March 9, 2010

"Hammy illustrations keep the laughs coming with bold strokes of charcoal, bright colors, bulging cartoon eyes, gaping mouths and lolling tongues. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Nature's predatory pecking order reveals itself in bouncy rhymes and goofy illustrations. Read full book review >

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TWINKLE by Scott M. Fischer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A natural for budding astronauts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For his dos-a-dos debut volume, Fischer starts two parallel plot lines at opposite ends that meet in a big foldout scene in the middle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWINKLE by Scott M. Fischer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"A natural for budding astronauts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For his dos-a-dos debut volume, Fischer starts two parallel plot lines at opposite ends that meet in a big foldout scene in the middle. Read full book review >

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M by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"A compelling portrait of the painter as outsider and provocateur; a first-rate evocation of both a genius and the violent times in which he lived. (16 pages illus.)"
An exuberant attempt to penetrate the mysteries surrounding the astounding paintings and brief, turbulent life of the Italian artist who has come to be known as Caravaggio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Some offbeat set pieces, but, really, a yawn. (illustrations not seen) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The flight of the orphaned Shluffmuffin twins from the aptly named (see below) Mandible Sisters goes on—and on—in this labored second episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTTIE PARIS AND THE BEST PLACE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Bound to be a favorite for storytimes, classroom sharing and pre-library visits. After all, libraries are the best place. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Librarians get out your order pads; this picture-book homage to libraries is a charmer. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS LIVES HERE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The final spread shows the small family's love: Lottie in Papa Pete's lap on the porch swing, eyes closed, smiling, cuddling her little dog on her lap. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sure, she lives here, but she also plays, pretends and occasionally gets in trouble in this lively story about a young African-American girl and her Papa Pete. Read full book review >

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M by Andrew Cook
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2005

"For Bond fans and true-crime buffs, especially, a leisurely excursion into the early days of modern espionage."
A beat cop makes good, and anarchists quake. Read full book review >

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COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Entertaining, but confused about its point of view. (Fiction. 11-16)"
The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections—but the narrative viewpoint drifts unsettlingly. Read full book review >

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THE NORTHERN FRIGHTS by Derek the Ghost
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Another lightweight creature feature, with a teeming supporting cast of ookie-spookies. (Comic horror. 8-11)"
Six more-or-less-human Scary School students try their luck at frozen, all-monster Scream Academy ("Be judicious or be delicious") as part of an exchange program. Read full book review >

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SCARY SCHOOL by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2011

"Familiar light fare for fans of the Wayside and Bailey School series, the Zack Files, Ghostville Elementary, etc., etc. (Funny horror. 8-11)"
Kent takes school integration to a new level with breezy tales of "learning, horror, and mayhem" at a grade school attended by a mix of humans and monsters. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS ON THE MARCH by Derek Taylor Kent
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A joke that is on its way to wearing thin. (website) (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A new semester of "learning, horror, and mayhem" at a school where all the faculty and half of the students are monsters, the narrator is a ghost and the Locker of Infinite Oblivion is just one of the dark fates awaiting incautious passersby. Read full book review >