Search Results: "Alan Marks"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOW SCHOOL by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Little human cubs will want to roll and cavort like these snow leopards—and learn more about them. (endnotes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Over the course of the year, a pair of snow leopard cubs learn all they can from their mother, becoming ready for independence. Read full book review >

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BEHOLD THE BEAUTIFUL DUNG BEETLE by Cheryl Bardoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"An excrement—er, excellent—read. (appended facts, beetle diagram, glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Despite its slightly unsavory habits, this important beetle deserves a chance to shine. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR ICE by Sandra Markle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Sturdy and well-put-together nature writing for younger readers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Markle provides an uncommon look at polar bears, the largest hunters on land, in this narrative that follows an orphaned cub barely old enough to survive on her own. Read full book review >

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HIGH TIDE FOR HORSESHOE CRABS by Lisa Kahn Schnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A splendid introduction to an extraordinary spectacle. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
In a natural-world extravaganza, horseshoe crabs, birds and people meet up each spring on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Read full book review >

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HIP-POCKET PAPA by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"This intriguing, informative introduction is a worthy successor to the team's Finding Home (2008). (author's note, facts, further sources) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Building on the appealing notion of nurturing fathers, Markle and Marks present this tiny Australian frog in the context of its natural environment. Read full book review >

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FINDING HOME by Sandra Markle
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Capped by an explanatory afterword, extra koala facts and several recommended print and web resources, this makes another fine choice for budding naturalists to read alone or aloud. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
The creators of the award-winning penguin trek, A Mother's Journey (2005), now trace the odyssey of a koala parent with the same attention to detail and broadly appealing illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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THE THIEF'S DAUGHTER by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"The ink-and-watercolor illustrations look suitably long- ago-and-far-away, with Magpie as a perpetually windblown waif. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Known as the illustrator of Paton Walsh's Birdy and the Ghosties, Marks pens his own easy-to-read fantasy, a rather muddled tale of an honest man disgraced and discharged from his court post when he is suspected of theft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PEOPLE OF THE TOWN by Alan Marks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Ultimately, the uneven presentation makes this Mother Goose collection a supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nursery rhymes. 3-6)"
Over the course of one day, readers are introduced to some familiar and not-so-familiar nursery rhyme characters. Read full book review >

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PILOT MOM by Kathleen Benner Duble
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"A lot of information made palatable for young people while responding to their questions and fears in a post- 'shock and awe' world. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Jenny and her best friend K.C. get a tour of the air base and airplane where Jenny's Mom is a tanker pilot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABBY by Wolfram Hänel
by Wolfram Hänel, illustrated by Alan Marks, translated by Rosemary Lanning
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The watercolor-and-ink illustrations match the mood, introducing humor that's especially welcome during the sorrowful parts. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Abby ($13.95; PLB $13.88; Oct. 15, 1996; 1-55858-648-2; PLB 1-55858-649-0): Moira lives on an island off the coast of Ireland with her family and her dog, Abby. Read full book review >