Search Results: "Andy Comins"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"The lengthy text and difficult material will limit the audience for this, perhaps just to the science students offered directions for isolating strawberry DNA in one sidebar. (Nonfiction. 12-16) "
The Scientists in the Field series explores genetic engineering. Read full book review >

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CROW SMARTS by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An otherwise fine entry in the long-running Scientists in the Field Series. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
New Caledonian crows demonstrate that they both use and produce tools. Read full book review >

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ARCHIE THE DAREDEVIL PENGUIN by Andy Rash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Silly and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Archie's fearless and daring adventures have earned him the congratulations and admiration of the other penguins. Read full book review >

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DELIA'S DULL DAY by Andy Myer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Young readers will chuckle at Delia's cluelessness—and maybe think twice about their own assumptions. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An amusing visual riff on the frequent refrain "nothing ever happens to me." Read full book review >

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THE STARRY GIRAFFE by Andy Bergmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A gracious, humorous exploration of generosity and gratitude. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A hungry giraffe plucks apple after apple for a steady stream of friends, until the tree is bare and she is tired—but she will eat soon! Read full book review >

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JOURNEY TO THE MOON by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A 'cheesy' episode with a double twist at the end. Younger audiences may need at least part of the joke explained. (Pop-up picture book. 2-5)"
In this very simple pop-up book, a rocket ship blasts off from Earth, hums through space, and touches down at last on the moon—with a goopy "BLOOP." Read full book review >

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BRIGHT LIGHTS AND STARRY NIGHTS by Andy Runton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Young readers and pre-readers alike will respond strongly to the tale's elemental drama and clearly defined emotional arc. (Graphic picture book. 2-5)"
The small owl with big eyes and equally outsized heart makes new friends on a nocturnal outing. Read full book review >

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FIND THE DOTS by Andy Mansfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A multifaceted lead-in to the more open-ended play in Hervé Tullet's interactive outings. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
An invitation to explore different combinations of flaps, spinners, pop-ups, and pull tabs to reveal one to 10 hidden dots. Read full book review >

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THE DOOR by Andy Marino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"The unwieldy plot twists and turns, always creating new questions, but it leaves an uncomfortably large aperture—an unfinished hero's journey or, more aptly, a literary purgatory. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Hannah Silver, armed solely with some newfound knowledge and her three imaginary friends, crosses a forbidden threshold to try to find the soul of her recently, unexpectedly deceased—likely murdered—mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"A delightfully written, sensibly organized volume. Printed updates to come twice a year, plus frequent online updates at www.giantpath.com."
A clearheaded guide to navigating the labyrinthian web of online music services. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2009

"Engaging portrait of a journey of self-discovery, leading to the liberating knowledge that joy and freedom often come from accepting limitations."
NPR commentator Raskin's laugh-out-loud memoir yields surprising insights about belatedly growing up in his mid-30s. Read full book review >

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DRAGON’S EYE by Andy Oakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2004

"A masterly depiction of modern Shanghai and an admirable hero fall victim to excessive length and intrusive, improbable American politics."
High-level corruption and the chaos of modern China darken the perilous life of an honest policeman investigating a gruesome multiple murder. Read full book review >