Search Results: "Wes Hargis"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Al Yankovic
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"In children's books, as in satire, less is more—here's hoping Weird Al's next effort is both tighter and funnier. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A disappointing exploration of career options from an entertainer who should know better. Read full book review >

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I NEED MY OWN COUNTRY! by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Disgruntled and long-suffering children will cheer at this assertion of power. Especially those with political aspirations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Childhood is full of injustices—why not start your own country, where you can make the rules? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WATER CYCLE by Nate Ball
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A solid start to a new science series. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Ms. Frizzle and her magical bus have some competition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NEW TEACHER AND ME! by Al Yankovic
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Sure to feed imaginations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A by-the-rules teacher and a tall-tale-telling student don't see eye to eye on the first day of school in Yankovic's rhyming salute to the power of the imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AGATHA PARROT AND THE HEART OF MUD by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Agatha is distinctive, funny, and engaging. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Agatha Parrot is a sprightly kind of girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AGATHA PARROT AND THE ODD STREET SCHOOL GHOST by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Despite the flimsy plot and marginal character development, Agatha's silly antics and enthusiastic delivery should engage readers transitioning to chapter books. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the Odd Street School's clock-tower bell rings off-schedule one night, Agatha Jane Parrot and her chums suspect a mischievous ghost may be the cause. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AGATHA PARROT AND THE THIRTEENTH CHICKEN by Kjartan Poskitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"An enthusiastic romp with a friendly grade schooler, just right for those newly transitioning to chapter books. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Agatha Parrot is back for another silly, almost plausible adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

Two men and a dog set off on the first transcontinental car trip in this fetching re-creation of a true story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I GROW UP by Al Yankovic
by Al Yankovic, illustrated by Wes Hargis, developed by Bean Creative
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"Fans will love that Mr. Yankovic himself provides the optional narration and all sound effects (including all gorilla grunts and snail cheers), injecting just a bit of the 'Weird' that is missing from the print version back into the mix. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Voiced in rhymed couplets with a conscious tip of the hat to Seuss and Silverstein, this adaptation of the recently published book adds even more elements to an already overstuffed story—with unexpectedly good results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Of interest to the legions of Carolina fans, but others should wait until the season starts to get their basketball fix."
Former Tar Heel basketball player chronicles his senior season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2010

"A testament to the importance of youth mentoring; includes an afterword by Tavis Smiley and a guide to more than 200 youth-service groups nationwide."
A story about two young African-American men who share the same name and grew up on the same inner-city streets, but wound up in vastly different places. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARRY MY BONES by J. Wes Yoder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2006

"Framed around the Auburn-Alabama football season, the novel possesses a Faulknerian thrust, yet feels emotionally listless and lyrically deflated."
A mismatched trio of male friends take off on the lam in Yoder's quietly moving first novel, set in rural Alabama. Read full book review >