Search Results: "Steve Augarde"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRE ENGINE TO THE RESCUE by Steve Augarde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Small unattached pieces—radio, ladder, kitten—may become lost, and it's easy to envision children wearing out the cherry-picker as part of the kitten rescue, so buy a couple of copies to make sure this engine makes it to the fire with all its parts intact. (Pop-up. 3-6)"
This pop-up book on how a fire engine works is soundly conceived, although it may become a "pop-apart" book with heavy use. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VARIOUS by Steve Augarde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"After a slow-moving start, through an impenetrably dense thicket of pseudo-Victorian language, Augarde's story finally picks up to a suspenseful if incomplete conclusion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A Nesbit-style fairy adventure made dark awaits Midge, the only child of her single mother, a musician. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

X-ISLE by Steve Augarde
ADVENTURE
Released: July 13, 2010

"A powerful, disturbing story laced with quirky, memorable characters and fast-paced masculine action and interaction—perfect for male teens. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In a devastated future world, two boys struggle to survive a brutal, bizarre existence on X-Isle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2009

"A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this finale to the Touchstone Trilogy, past and present magically converge when 12-year-old Midge completes the work begun by her great-great aunt Celandine decades before to rescue five ancient tribes of little people hiding from the human world in the woods of Mill Farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CELANDINE by Steve Augarde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Stay tuned. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1915, 70 years before The Various (2004), this second of a trilogy continues the story of an ancient tribe of little people hidden from the human world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO DA VINCI by Steve Augarde
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"There's nothing here that can't easily be found elsewhere, but both readers who take their history straight and those who prefer facts dished up in a fictional matrix will be equally drawn to appreciate the great artist's unique multiplicity of talents. (Informational fiction. 11-13)"
Taking an omnium-gatherum approach, Augarde opens with supposed journal entries from an awestruck fictional ten-year-old apprentice of Leonardo's in the 1490s, then pulls back the point of view to cover in third person the artist's life before and after, followed by background spreads on European politics, the Renaissance, how artists of the time trained and additional looks at some of Leonardo's art and inventions. Read full book review >

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Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

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BOOK REVIEW

BETTY GOES BANANAS by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Teachers and parents of short-fused toddlers will read this over and over. Serve with bananas. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Betty's hunger gets the better of her when she faces a banana she cannot open. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY CAT by Steve Henry
Kirkus Star
by Steve Henry, illustrated by Steve Henry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Plenty of visual cues, lots of repetition and a clear story arc make this a perfect choice for beginning readers—and parents pressed for time will likely be happy to find such a short, sweet read-aloud. (Early reader.4-7)"
This cheery entry in the I Like to Read series successfully tells a simple tale and creates a sense of community using just 20 unique words. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STICK by Steve Breen
by Steve Breen, illustrated by Steve Breen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"A promising beginning. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For his children's debut, Pulitzer Prize-winner Breen sends a small frog with a sticky tongue and notably bad aim on an impromptu tour of New Orleans and environs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTTEST, COLDEST, HIGHEST, DEEPEST by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such quibbling only makes the book more valuable, inspiring readers to do further research after they've been visually seduced. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once again, Jenkins (Big and Little, 1996, etc.) provides jaw-dropping facts and extremely elegant paper collages to illustrate the amazing natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO by Steve Lavis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The last spread is a group shot, with the words hanging overhead like a visual cacophony of sound—a phonetic finale to otherwise standard fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Counting cows and chickens while making animal sounds is nothing new to the toddler set. Read full book review >