Search Results: "Tony Auth"


BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE PIRATE TO THE RESCUE by Douglas Rees
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"Adventure, villains and overall mollymockery make this great armchair traveling for the pirate-loving middle-grade reader. (Ship's Articles, glossary) (Adventure. 6-10)"
Wilson's life is ship-shape now that his Uncle Pirate is the commander of Jolly Roger Elementary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE PIRATE by Douglas Rees
ADVENTURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"A great middle-reader for any young landlubber who likes a good yarn and believes everyone deserves a chance. (glossary, song) (Fiction. 7-10)"
In this silly, off-kilter tale, fourth-grader Wilson discovers a long-lost uncle who happens to be a real-life pirate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE OF HERE by Chaim  Potok
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"It would be, if there were any emotional authenticity within these pages—but there's not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Jason's family is making their "third move in five years"; once again, Jason says good-bye to his friends and packs his belongings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SKY OF NOW by Chaim  Potok
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Auth's watercolor paintings are flat, cartoonish, and pale, and add little zest to a painfully awkward story, contorted by wise- cracking dialogue and a heavily philosophical denoument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Potok (The Tree of Here, 1993, etc.) makes a ponderous foray into bibilotherapy in this longish picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PROMISE IS A PROMISE by Florence Parry Heide
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"There is no reason to prefer this over (to name a few examples) Dan Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (1997), Lauren Child's I Want a Pet (1999) or Karen Kaufman Orloff's I Wanna Iguana (2004), illustrated by David Catrow. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this uninspired take on a tired premise, young George wangles permission from his parents for a pet, then brings home a series of unsuitable ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY CURIOUS UNCLE DUDLEY by Barry Yourgrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An unsuccessful experiment by an author known to take chances in his titles for adults. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Take a world-traveling uncle with a penchant for potions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HERO FOR WONDLA by Tony DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Inventive in detail if predictable in plot, this should please fans of the first volume. (Science fiction/fantasy. 10-13)"
Long on action and atmosphere, with detailed descriptions and illustrations of the odd world of Orbona, Eva Nine's adventures pick up just where they ended (The Search forWondLa, 2010).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEWARE OF BOYS by Tony Blundell
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"The long-nosed, snaggledtoothed wolf adopts an increasingly beleaguered expression as he rushes about gathering mounds of staples and produce, while Blundell's energetic line and pop-eyed, cartoony characters keep the tale moving at a manic pace. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Once again, the wolf gets the worst of it: the boy he brings home for dinner tempts him with a recipe for ``Boy Soup,'' but first the wolf must gather a plethora of ingredients, including a ton of potatoes, a cartload of carrots, and a barrel of bricks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2006

"Refreshingly contrarian, and perfectly commonsensical."
Retired Marine Corps general Zinni warns of the dangers of spending time in the so-called Arc of Instability—precisely the area where America's course of empire-building has led. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUNCH-BOX DREAM by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2011

"A laudable attempt to address an unfortunately still-timely subject, this novel feels more like a Modernist experiment than a children's book. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1959 on a Civil War battleground tour, a white northern boy has his own prejudices shaken when he sees Jim Crow in action in a Joycean exploration that seems uncertain of its audience. Read full book review >