Books by Steve Mack

LISTEN! by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh
Released: March 1, 2019

"The book is a terrific, if slight, way to introduce toddlers to Israel. The only danger is that they'll spend the rest of the day saying 'glub, glub, glub' and 'pock, pock, pock!' (Board book. 1-4)"
Some people believe that the sound effects are the best part of a comic book. This story is for them. Read full book review >
3 FALAFELS IN MY PITA by Maya Friedman
Released: April 1, 2015

"Jewish families wanting their children to hear references to the Jewish homeland at a very young age may find something of value in this offering, but few others will. (Board book. 1-4)
A very basic introduction to Israel. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2011

Readers who take this on should prepare their tongues for a wicked tangling…and their stomach muscles for a workout. A quick look at some of Cleary's sentences can be deceiving—seemingly simple syllables are truly tongue twisting when read aloud: "The water in Flo's Inn flows in frozen." Others, however, look tricky right from the start: "Few knew that Mr. Froo flew in the fleshy, freshly fried fish from Florida." From the silly and ridiculous to the everyday, this tongue-twister collection covers a wide variety of topics. Ever the educator, the author's backmatter includes some great tips for creating tongue twisters, breaking down for readers just what makes them so difficult to say. Mack's brightly colored madcap cartoon illustrations match the tongue-in-cheek humor of the text. "The ghostly moans were mostly groans" pictures a child ghost wildly protesting having to rake the leaves while his unimpressed father stands by, arms crossed. And it's tough to beat the silliness of slightly cross-eyed and buck-toothed men in sandals and togas playing basketball: "See the Greek geeks as they shoot three free throws." Not for the faint of heart; tongues should really be limbered up before tackling these. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Preserved excrement, whether dried, frozen or turned to rock, can provide all kinds of information to scientists. The "e-e-eew factor" is only part of the appeal of this lively introduction to coprolites—fossil feces. Photographs and cartoon illustrations accompany a breezy but fact-filled text explaining coprolite formation and identification, introducing some researchers and giving examples of their findings. From the dinosaur teaser in the title, cover illustration and opening chapter, the author goes on to include examples of all kinds of feces, from insects and fish to human. Readers are directly addressed and occasionally given a chance to try out their learning in quick quizzes. While the prose makes heavy use of puns ("Solve the Case of Who Dung It!"), the broad humor is appropriate to the subject and for the middle-grade reader. The acknowledgements in the introduction make clear the scientific basis for the information, and the book concludes with a glossary, quiz answers and an index. Compare with the more traditional approach of Dino Dung (2005), from the Step Into Reading series. (Nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >