Series: Explorers


ROBOTS by Chris Oxlade
by Chris Oxlade, illustrated by Peter Bull
Released: July 16, 2014

"Substandard nonfiction series fare, aimed at a slightly older audience than the publisher's Kingfisher Young Knowledge entry on the topic (2003) but a clean miss. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
This haphazard jumble of military, domestic, space, toy and industrial robots is unlikely to draw young technophiles for more than a quick once-over. Read full book review >
WHALES AND DOLPHINS by Anita Ganeri
Released: July 16, 2013

"For elementary school readers, there are plenty of better introductions than this concoction, including Caroline Arnold and Patricia J. Wynne's Super Swimmers (2007). (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
This collection of topically organized factoids about the whale family shares the flaws of others in the publisher's Explorers series: an overbusy design; unrealistic, digitally assembled photo pastiches; and a series of useless "buttons" that purport to lead readers on a topic trail. Read full book review >
EXPLORERS:  REPTILES by Claire Llewellyn
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

Two new entries expand the subject diversity of the Explorers series, marked by their short paragraphs of information, extensive index, labeled pictures and panoramic scenes. Read full book review >