Search Results: "Stephen Gilpin"


BOOK REVIEW

FART SQUAD by Seamus Pilger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Readers who get a gas from such relentlessly fart-sical humor will come away with aching cheeks. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Lunchroom burritos fuel superpowers in a series blastoff aimed at alimentary readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE SENT TO YOUR ROOM by Ann Stott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Parents: Beware what happens behind your child's closed door when you pronounce: 'Go to your room!' (Picture book. 6-9)"
This may be one of those books parents don't want their children to read—of course, the prohibited is all the more attractive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE CABRITOS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Any political implications in this fresh, original take on the familiar tale are (surely) inadvertent, and would go over the heads of younger readers anyway. (end note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
Kimmel sets his reworking of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" just north of the Rio Grande, sending caprine musicians Reynaldo, Orlando and Augustín tripping across the border to a fiesta in Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FELIX TAKES THE STAGE by Kathryn Lasky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"While the message-driven conclusion may distract from the fast-paced narrative, this is still a successfully spun tale. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
When the brown recluse spider Felix attempts to feel the vibrations of an acclaimed maestro's baton, he disobeys his mother's most basic principle: "[N]ever, ever reveal yourself to human beings." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTO THE WILD by Doreen Cronin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Long may these clueless chicks cluck! (Mystery. 6-10)"
Barbara has built a mysterious box in the backyard near the coop; what dangerous creature lurks within? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBRARIAN ON THE ROOF! by M.G.  King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Based on a true story, this will be popular with librarians and their readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A laughing new librarian with "eyelashes as long as bird feathers" arrives at the creaky, almost-100-year-old library in Lockhart, Texas, and, to her surprise, the children do not use it because they say it's for grown-ups! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE MOM by Deborah Underwood
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"Appealingly cartoony illustrations suit the silly fun: a winner. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
A stock shtick receives a fresh, funny treatment in this reader for primary grades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAIR-POCALYPSE by Geoff Herbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fun if didactic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A messy boy comes to a compromise after a school day spent trying to tame his unruly head of hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"All in all, a silly but appealing story for readers approaching the middle-school years. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A documentary crew descends upon Westside Middle School to reveal what middle-school students' lives are really like. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2008

"Book #2, Escape of the Mini-mummy, is due in September. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Granny Nanny's goulash brings on a shrinking spell, Daniel Funk discovers an identical twin brother who has always been the size of his fourth left toe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLINGSHOT AND BURP by Richard Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Active and entertaining, with a mid-20th-century feel. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Two rough and tough wannabe cowboys have some adventures while trying to avoid their sisters. Read full book review >