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 >
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
Released: April 1, 2011

"An OK beginning for children just discovering their individual interests. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
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 >