Search Results: "Stephen McCranie"


BOOK REVIEW

MAL AND CHAD by Stephen McCranie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Some readers will come for the heartbreak, others will come for the forest of cupcake trees, but everyone will be cheered by the happy ending, which involves the 'biggest, bestest bark ever!' (Graphic novel. 8-11)"
There are some literary characters you wish were real, so that you could be friends with them, and Mal and Chad may belong on that list. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"This emotional honesty alone is a reason to buy this book; the giraffe and Einstein are the icing on McCranie's cake. (Graphic fiction. 8-11)"
It's hard not to like a main character who brings a lab coat and briefcase to elementary school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Sequels will not be amiss. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
Shy, geeky preteen Malcolm's efforts to hide his super-intelligence repeatedly fall afoul of mishaps involving a series of spectacular inventions in this web comic crossover. Read full book review >

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27 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER
by John DeNardo

Is your bookshelf feeling lonely? Here are 27 titles that will make it happy again! This month's batch of tantalizing science fiction and fantasy includes stories about guilt-ridden robots, witches, magic hair, designer drugs, time travel and cloud cities.

Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham serves up a cocktail of magic and intrigue in this fast-paced debut. Twenty-something ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE TUG by Stephen  Savage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Though this cute-but-mighty tug's strengths are oddly undercut by the syrupy gear-switch at the end, the bright, attractive pictures will appeal to boat-loving toddlers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Graphically spiffy and textually brief, this exploration of an anthropomorphic harbor tugboat's working role tacks on a maudlin shtick in the final quarter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LITTLE RED FIRE TRUCK by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Although it's tougher than the average pop-up, the book's removable pieces are something to watch out for, but this engine's just too fabulous to pass by. (Informational pop-up. 3-6)"
Little only in comparison to the real thing, this unusually sturdy interactive book features thick cardboard pages held together with a cloth-reinforced tape binding that should last. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY’S SNOW ADVENTURE by Stephen Huneck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The innocent tone of the uncomplicated story is well-matched to Huneck's distinctive woodcuts, showing Sally and friends in striking contrast against the wooden floor of the lodge or cavorting on the snowy mountainside. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Huneck offers another drolly humorous story in his series about Sally, the black Labrador, who this time visits a "dog-friendly lodge" in a wintry mountain setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOAD ON THE ROAD by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A catchy, cautionary tale. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Little toads should never play in the road! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIGHT LIGHTS, DARK NIGHTS by Stephen Emond
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"There are no easy answers to the issues at play in this story, and fittingly, there is much that is left open-ended. Readers will be left with plenty on their minds and in their hearts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
First love, racism, family strife, and the Internet's culture of anonymous cruelty are some of the many themes explored in this illustrated novel by Happyface (2010) author Emond.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOZART FINDS A MELODY by Stephen Costanza
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"But either tale makes a thought-provoking study of the creative process. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Costanza spins an upbeat tale from a wisp of fact in his solo debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX SPEED by Stephen Shaskan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Great gadzooks! This book is a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a black boy with a big imagination! Read full book review >