Search Results: "Tony DiTerlizzi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Willems
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"The message—about the value of trying new experiences and learning to trust—lies lightly on this lively tale. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Animal fantasy. 6-8)"
A large cat and a small dog strike up an unlikely friendship in this early chapter book. Read full book review >

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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 >

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TED by Tony DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It's not exactly subtle, but children may find its exaggerations appealing. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A more-or-less imaginary friend brings a lonely boy and his distracted father together in this heavy-handed but slapstick romp from the author/illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-This-World Moon Pie Adventure (2000). Read full book review >

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THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA by Tony DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Unfortunately, while the sprawling plot offers plenty of action, stilted language distances readers, the final reveal is utterly clichéd and the shameless cliffhanger is more likely to exasperate than entice. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
What's the difference between an absorbing adventure and a disappointing effort? Read full book review >

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G IS FOR ONE GZONK! by Tony DiTerlizzi
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Fans of If I Ran the Zoo (1950), or silly alphabets in general, will delight in tracking the burgeoning chaos while trying to wrap their tongues around the droll monikers of this manic menagerie. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In memorable homage to his dedicatees Dr. Seuss and Edward Lear, DiTerlizzi introduces an unruly alphabet of imaginary "creachlings," colored in flat hues to evoke the printing processes of the previous century's middle decades and described in sprightly verse. Read full book review >

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KENNY & THE DRAGON by Tony DiTerlizzi
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"A readable, if denatured, rendition of a faded classic. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Reports of children requesting rewrites of The Reluctant Dragon are rare at best, but this new version may be pleasing to young or adult readers less attuned to the pleasures of literary period pieces. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Tempt fans of David Wiesner's Sector 7 (1999) and William Joyce's books with this highflying, lipsmacking adventure. (Picture book. 79)"
A lad's quest for a classic snack takes him to distant corners of the universe in this retroflavored, roller coaster picture book debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALIEN & POSSUM by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"A likable duo and an enjoyable romp for beginning readers who will be looking for the next installment. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Possum and Alien are good friends who first met in Alien and Possum: Friends No Matter What (2001). Read full book review >

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ALIEN AND POSSUM by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Droll and expressive language helps to add a little humor to what might have been too much of a lesson about understanding differences, and readers will look forward to 'hanging out' with the two in a sequel of the same name. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Possum's open-minded attitude helps him to make an unusual new friend. Read full book review >

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RIBBITING TALES by Nancy Springer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Invite readers to follow Bruce Coville's shape-changing superhero Dennis Juggarum in releasing their own inner frogs with this kickin' collection. (Short stories. 8-11)"
From Jane Yolen's froggy Pied Piper remake to "A Boy and His Frog," by David Lubar (designer of the Game-Boy version of "Frogger"), about a lad who releases his oversized pet into the local swamp after it eats a neighbor's Chihuahua, these eight new tales will make a big splash with middle readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Readers who are too young to read Harry Potter independently will find these have just the right amount of menace laced with appealing humor and are blessed with crisp pacing and, of course, DiTerlizzi's enticingly Gothic illustrations. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Unexplained things are happening in the eerie Victorian heap that is new home to the Grace family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"This diverting vade mecum ends with an entry on the International Sprite League, which confirmed Spiderwickians will be strongly tempted to join. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Jacketed in a large, folded, glow-in-the-dark poster, this guide for prospective sprite owners features a suite of minutely detailed, full-body portraits paired with cogent advice on selecting, obtaining (legally), housing, feeding and showing the finger-sized creatures. Read full book review >