Search Results: "3-Keys Graphics and Design"


BOOK REVIEW

STILL THERE? by Sanjay Nambiar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Good for niche markets only. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An old Zen Buddhist tale retold for tots. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RECLAIMING AMERICAN VIRTUE by Barbara J. Keys
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"An accessible, searching study of an idea that seems to have been forgotten in favor of the steely, cost-cutting pragmatism of today."
A genealogy of America's crusade to advance human rights in the world, its origins "an antidote to shame and guilt." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WAS IT LIKE, MR. EMPEROR? by Chiu Kwong-chiu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"As better pictures are available and the humor is too heavy-handed to add style points, that dismissal can serve for this whole sloppy effort. (website) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
An irreverent introduction to China's long line of emperors, with sidelong glances at life in the outsized but cloistered imperial palace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Chiu Kwong-chiu
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An impressive introduction to the Forbidden City. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
In this Chinese import, readers become tourists as each page turn provides views into labyrinthine courtyards and palaces once reserved for imperial China's emperors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIBBIT! by Bender & Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An associated website includes color sheets and games. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Produced by a graphic-design company, this three-layered split-page gallery costumes a big green frog in expertly photo-manipulated human gear and clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD SCARRY'S BUSYTOWN by Night & Day Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Simple, rewarding and fun, this print essential for youngsters grows even more rewarding with repeated exploration in this digital upgrade. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Based on Richard Scarry's book by the same name, the app is less a story than an interactive game designed to teach children new words while exploring the world around them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLUG AND THE PADDYWHACKS by Scholar & Saint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"Especially for an app aimed at young readers, it's a pleasant surprise that its subtext of loss and redemption is so resonant. So what if it's wrapped in an accessible, candy-colored package? (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A surprisingly deep story about freedom and rebellion wrapped in a cuddly adventure featuring space creatures, this episodic app so far is on the right track. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Charming but somewhat wearying chronicle of a life well lived."
This collection of autobiographical scenes is equal parts family history, travelogue and romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Let the scholars debate the evidence while the rest of us enjoy the encapsulated history of all those tribes ancestral to the nation states we recognize today. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The political face of the world changed irrevocably in mid'sixth century a.d., says the archaeology correspondent of The Independent, in a formidably argued treatise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES & MAC by Cricket Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Certainly entertaining and visually appealing, but the mystery is resolved through chance rather than clear detective work. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
With the appeal of a Saturday-morning cartoon, this app will draw in kids—but leave them wishing for more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER IN BADEN-BADEN by Leonid Tsypkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2001

"There really is no other book like this."
A brilliant Russian novel, first published in serial form in 1982, then made available in a little-read English translation, grafts onto its omniscient author's account of his own journey to Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) the parallel story of the travels, and travail, of the great Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read full book review >