Books by Josh Holinaty

IRA CRUMB FEELS THE FEELINGS by Naseem Hrab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2018

"Being sad has never seemed funnier. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two irreverent friends navigate the cutthroat world of playground politics in this hilarious picture book about feeling sad. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Tickets (not to mention affordable ones) may still be a few years off…but it's never too soon to start planning. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With a new era of commercial space flight in the offing, here's a timely guide for young prospective travelers headed to choice astro-destinations. Read full book review >
IRA CRUMB MAKES A PRETTY GOOD FRIEND by Naseem Hrab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

" A valuable lesson in friendship, with walking pickles on the side. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Ira Crumb is "trustworthy, super helpful, and also really fun to be around"—but, having just moved, he is also "The New Kid." Read full book review >
LIAM TAKES A STAND by Troy Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2017

"Hard work, thrift, and ingenuity add up to success not only in business, but social relations too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Spurned by his hypercompetitive big brothers, little Liam trumps their business plan. Read full book review >
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A tasty distillation of history, religion, chemistry, biology, technology, and pop culture. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A matter-of-fact chronicle of the long search for the elixir of life, the philosopher's stone, the fountain of youth, and other means of exceeding our allotted spans. Read full book review >
IT'S CATCHING by Jennifer Gardy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Infectious. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A slim volume about a small protagonist. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"A human is a pretty wild thing," argues the author of this collection of curious facts and intriguing studies about human behavior. With a breezy text supported by a lively design, the author of Gross Universe (2004) again presents science in a way certain to attract middle-grade and middle-school readers. Chapters on the senses, emotions, communication and interactions with other human beings cover a variety of topics, each on headlined double-page spreads. Each chapter includes a description of "a cool study" organized into appropriate sections: question, observation, experiment (illustrated with step by step cartoons), results and summary. "Are you an animal?" sidebars describe comparable animal behavior. From dirty diapers to canned laughter to body language, he finds topics that both appeal and enlighten. Directly addressing readers, he invites participation by asking questions—"How are you sitting right now?" "Does smell affect your dreams?" "Does your heart race when….?"—and draws them in further with do-it-yourself experiments. A section on good manners even includes guidelines for behavior at a concert—differentiating between classical and rock. The digital art includes bits of photographs, line drawings, the use of color and shapes to help organize the print and plenty of symbols. No specific sources are cited, but an extensive list of experts is acknowledged. Popular science through and through, you can't help enjoying this. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)Read full book review >