Books by Wayne Lynch

ARCTIC A TO Z by Wayne Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

This entry in a limited series that offers surveys of various topics in abecedarian form focuses on the adaptations that allow the people, animals and plants that make their home in the Arctic to survive, as well as on the natural phenomena that make this such a special place, from the Aurora Borealis to zooplankton. The strongest of the three titles, it defines new words, explains concepts and provides word pronunciations within the text, accompanied by stunning photographs. The length of each gloss—two to three densely set paragraphs—skews the book to older elementary students, but adept caregivers can make the photos work with younger audiences. Birds A to Z, by Chris G. Earley and Robert McCaw (ISBN: 978-1-55407-554-6; PB: 978-1-55407-500-3), presents a variety of North American birds and information that ranges from their songs and plumage to the food they eat and their adaptations; Stephen A. Marshall's Insects A to Z (ISBN: 978-1-55407-555-3; PB: 978-1-55407-503-4), while the most visually striking, is textually the weakest of the three. (Nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
BABY KOALA by Aubrey Lang
by Aubrey Lang, photographed by Wayne Lynch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

New entries in the "Nature Babies" series, these combine, as previously, simply worded texts with plenty of small color photos taken in the wild, and follow newly born animals through their first years. Lang mentions predators, but keeps the overall tone light—"Koalas are lazybones. They sleep and sleep and sleep. They sleep twice as long as you do."—and Lynch follows suit, with cute close-ups of babies snuggling against their mothers' chests, the young three-toed sloth scratching his head in a seemingly puzzled way, and the like. Still, capped by a page each of closing facts, there's enough specific information here—koalas are so logy because eucalyptus leaves provide a low-energy diet—to satisfy the most demanding young naturalists. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2002

"Not a Bulls threepeat, nor a Celtics nine-of-ten championship seasons, but Lynch makes it feel just as glorious and a piece of pure justice for Chamberlain. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The Philadelphia 76ers' one big year with Wilt Chamberlain at the helm, told with a fan's fervid passion by a Virginia-based TV journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

paper 1-55209-334-4 A flawed collection of full-color photographs and half-page descriptions of 26 animals, plants, and phenomena associated with the arctic region. Lynch organizes his material alphabetically, but aims his comments at far older children than the usual ABC-audience. He first provides three different ways of defining "arctic region," but doesn't tell readers which one he's electing to use. He covers, briefly, such topics as the Aurora Borealis; the jaeger, a bird, who steals food by dive-bombing successful hunters; and the lousewort and how it received its name. An extremely questionable inclusion in an alphabet of mostly plants and animals is I for "Inuit," "smart people who lived where no white person was able to live." Despite the author's many careful firsthand observations, which intrigue, answer questions, and raise new areas for investigation, this volume is of limited use.(Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10) Read full book review >