Search Results: "William Joyce"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NUMBERLYS by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Neither the picture-book medium nor the Numberlys app is as well-served as each deserves. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A successful app makes a transition to print. Read full book review >

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BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >

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THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"As triumphant in book form as in animated and interactive ones. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ironically, this book in praise of books first appeared as a much-praised iPad app and Academy Award-winning animated short film. Read full book review >

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JACK FROST by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"As ever, the force of nostalgia is strong; the force of narrative, not so much. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The tale of the only Guardian of Childhood to be a child himself turns out to be hinged on battles and transformations. Read full book review >

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A BEAN, A STALK AND A BOY NAMED JACK by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Engrossing illustrations and quirky humor, hitched to Joyce's renown, will earn this its audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Moonbot Studios collaborators Joyce and Callicutt royally fracture the familiar folk tale in this high-concept romp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A quick read, with plenty of rococo weapons, characters and creatures (notably reindeer). (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Streaks of preciousness mar, or at least mark, an "origins" tale framed as a monumental struggle between the King of Nightmares and a Cossack bandit plainly destined for a later career bringing gifts to children on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Here's hoping that future installments in this ambitious series will spend less time on back story and more on story line. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A visual feast cannot compensate for lackluster plotting in this first installment of a new mega-series that involves picture books, chapter books and (of course) a movie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENTLY AND EGG by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"This will never take the place of Dr. Seuss's Horton, but Bently's discovery that watching over the egg makes him care about it provides an interesting contrast to the elephant's more single- minded loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bently, an artistic frog, and Kack Kack, a recently widowed duck, are close friends: she takes care of his laundry and admires his drawings; he agrees to watch over her egg when she wants to visit her sister's new ducklings. Read full book review >

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THE LEAF MEN AND THE BRAVE GOOD BUGS by William Joyce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Small scale, grand adventure. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As an old lady lies abed and her garden fails with her, a doughty band of doodlebugs—`` `Tiny of body but brave of heart, we will finish what we start!' ''—climbs the tallest tree in search of the elusive Leaf Men, hoping they can set things right. Read full book review >

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SANTA CALLS by William Joyce
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Read quickly; linger over the art. (Picture book. 7+)"
Joyce's version of a ride on the Polar Express is more style than substance. Read full book review >

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THE SANDMAN by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The art makes a bigger impression than the story, but the overall tone is appropriately dreamy, and as for that creeping nightmare: 'you know it's not real.' (Picture book. 5-9)"
At the behest of the Man in the Moon, shooting-star captain Sanderson Mansnoozie takes on a new responsibility—guarding Earth's children from the evil Pitch and his Dream Pirates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG TIME OLIE by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Like Olie's previous appearances, in print and on TV, the episode is neatly cut and dried, but Olie's frustrated reaction to being told that he's too small for this, but too big to do that any more, will find an understanding corps of young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Angry that he's not growing up fast enough, little Olie has a "big and really bad idea." Read full book review >