Search Results: "Stephanie Buscema"


BOOK REVIEW

PUGS IN A BUG by Carolyn Crimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"The pugs driving in the VW bug is a humorous concept, but these puppies needed a stronger plot and some traffic direction to make the story accessible to the intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Six pugs in a lime-green Volkswagen Beetle take a trip through the countryside and into town, meeting other dogs and vehicles on the way in a confusing, frenetic effort that tries too hard to be clever and bubbly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAME THAT DOG! by Peggy Archer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Scansion here and in other selections simply twists the tongue, an unfortunate choice for verses intended for preschoolers. (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)"
Bright, colorful, humorous pictures show pups in action and why they received the names they did, from Aspen to Zipper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST GHOST by Maggie Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This is a solid choice for sensitive readers, since it provides an alternate, if somewhat sweet story, where ghosts are anything but scary. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ever wanted a ghost? Answer in the affirmative, and this fictional handbook should offer all the expert advice needed to make sure "your ghost will haunt you forever." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER BUNNY by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Underwhelming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Super Bunny wields a pink gun and wears a cape and mask as he sniffs out villains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUIET PIRATE by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Beleaguered introverts may give a hearty cheer, but neither the art nor the writing is particularly seaworthy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even if the meek don't end up inheriting the Earth, sometimes they can bag a pirate ship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOY FAIRY by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A fairy tale that's more morality than magic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to do when a boy won't clean his room? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A wordless picture book that makes a great read. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small child, a fox, and the deep forest: not a grim tale at all but rather a magical journey culminating in an act of mutual kindness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 24, 2014

"Smart, gripping genre fiction. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A bright, conflicted hero struggles to free himself from the past's tightening bonds in this corkscrew of a thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 22, 2014

"Half-baked, confusing and highly derivative. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
Another Hunger Games-wannabe latecomer. Read full book review >