Search Results: "Arthur K. Balin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Occasionally too graphic for comfort, but overall, entertaining and instructive."
A husband-and-wife team of dermatologists use fascinating clinical tales about their patients to share their knowledge of the body's outer wrapping. Read full book review >

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THE GIANT SEED by Arthur  Geisert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome addition to Geisert's gratifying series of wordless oddments features a volcano, a giant seed pod and, for sure, a bunch of pigs. Read full book review >

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OINK OINK by Arthur  Geisert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A joyful adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a wordless sequel to the wordless Oink (1991), the eight piglets leave their sleeping mother and sally forth, using a handy wheeled chute as a seesaw to get over their pen's fence into a cornfield, where they garner ears of corn, then gleefully escape their pursuing mother for a picnic on a nearby island. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF DOOM by Arthur Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"By turns touching and pulse-pounding, this conclusion will leave fans fully satisfied. (Steampunk. 11-14)"
Modo is back for one last adventure. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE OF RUINS by Arthur Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Another fun outing, sure to please series fans. (Steampunk. 10-14)"
Brittania's secret weapon, shape-changing orphan Modo, returns for a third steampunky, jingoistic outing. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

Starring a Canadian teenager whose entire family on one side has for centuries been killed by lightning and a small, pink companion pig who is the brains of the pair for all that she can only oink, this boarding-school tale labors at times but achieves a certain amount of offbeat appeal. Read full book review >

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COSMO ZOOMS by Arthur  Howard
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Howard demonstrates how chance plays a sweet role in life, and, with a few strokes of the brush, makes readers care about Cosmo and his yearning to achieve. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Howard (When I Was Five, 1996, etc.) taps into both the sheer pleasure of skateboarding, as well as its condition of near- pandemonium. Read full book review >

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HARRY AND LULU by Arthur Yorinks
Released: April 1, 1999

"Not exactly, but it has its moments. (Picture book. 4-8)"
PLB 0-7868-2276-7 Yorinks (The Miami Giant, 1995, etc.) captures a child in several deeply recognizable moments: the tantrum, the imaginary journey, the heartbreak of the wrong toy; the delight when it turns out to be the right one. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SUN by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Ehmet is fairly generic, as is the whole text: if not for repeated narrative use of the words 'Muslim,' 'Croat,' 'Serb,' and 'Bosnian,' the whole thing could take place in any war setting. (map, author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
This middling war story, placed in Bosnia and Croatia in the early 1990s, follows a boy displaced and scrambling for survival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 30, 1994

"Bibliography; chronology; index. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Part of the Spotlight on American History series, The Scopes Trial is a clear, if lackluster, account of the events leading up to, and the historical significance of, the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn. Read full book review >