Search Results: "Scott M. Fischer"


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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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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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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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 >

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OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
What happens when a happily-ever-after is no longer guaranteed? 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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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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BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Fizzy fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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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PETER PAN IN SCARLET by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"Silhouette illustrations à la Arthur Rackham's for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) not seen. (Q & A) (Fantasy. 11-13, adult)"
In the year's most hyped title for young readers, the much-honored McCaughrean delivers an "authorized" sequel that stays true to the original's style and spirit but speaks to modern sensibilities as well. Read full book review >