John Burns

"Author of Runnerland, a novel for teens"
Runnerland, a YA novel by John Burns.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (42 of 47)
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada
In My Own Words:
I'm the author of two books, most recently the YA novel Runnerland.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 56,289 - Total Helpful Votes: 42 of 47
The Moon Rock by Boriana Todorov
The Moon Rock by Boriana Todorov
In this Jules Verne-ish story of high fantasy, young Elliot is sent to live with his grandfather after a fire destroys his family home. The old man is a stranger to him, but it's his grandfather's space memorabilia that most attracts Elliot, particularly a fragment of moon rock that calls to him. Soon, Elliot is on the moon itself, torn between sides in a civil war that seems to turn on where he places his loyalty. Boriana Todorov's lengthy storytelling (the book is 110 big, dense pages) is exciting, if wooden, but Vladimir's photo realistic illustrations?many of them two-page spreads of impossible, medieval magic mixed with Victorian high science?are extraordinary. Vladimir Todorov has… Read more
The Simpsons Handbook: Secret Tips from the Pros by Matt Groening
Here it is, the big-ticket item for those misguided tots who think you can actually make a living drawing poorly proportioned caricatures all day. Ah, youth. But as Matt Groening reminisces in the introduction to this how-to doorstopper, world domination takes practice: "Eventually, those crude grade-school scribbles grew more polished and refined, resulting in that crude grown-up cartoon powerhouse we all love and worship, 'The Simpsons.'" Many secondary characters from the world of The Simpsons are here in diagrammatic splendour, with the first half devoted to the many moods and bulging-eyeball variations of the family itself. It's instructive about how to render the Simpsons in a dozen… Read more
Ridin' Dinos with Buck Bronco by George McClements
Ridin' Dinos with Buck Bronco by George McClements
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, silly. Yee-haw!, Dec 19 2007
"It all started when I brought home some loco-lookin' eggs that I found in my back field," explains Buck Bronco, and it's not long before Buck's got his hands full with a passel of dinosaurs that need mountin', saddlin', and ridin'. Dinosaur facts are mixed into this hop-along tale, and author McClements's mixed-media collage illustrations are as fun and silly as Buck's down-home advice for how to yee-haw on a kentrosaurus.