Search Results: "Bob Van Laerhoven"


BOOK REVIEW

BAUDELAIRE'S REVENGE by Bob Van Laerhoven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The flowers of evil, sketched in lurid botanical detail."
As the Second Empire wanes, a series of murders baffles a dissolute Parisian police commissioner and his long-suffering factotum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Kids will love the ingenious three-dimensional objects that slip out of various enclosures and dangle from strings; grownups may find that they finally understand the principles of trigonometryor at least that puzzling them out is a lot more fun with visual aids."
British math instructor Gardner and designer Van der Meer (Your Amazing Senses, 1987) give us a magnificently produced volumemore like a game book than an instructional manualthat might amuse even the most die-hard math-hater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAKE UP THIS WELCOME by Bob Van Keuren
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2011

"A short but gently persuasive interpretation of the appeals of modern-day Christianity."
A low-key invitation to the pleasures and reassurances of Christian church community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Children often see themselves as the underdog in an adultcentric world; they'll be rooting for the bunnies (all three…no wait, 72 of them). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Buddy is one cranky, hungry monster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PET BOOK by Bob Staake
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"One of Staake's sillier, more ebullient outings—and that's saying something. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this cheer for books and reading, a boy wants a pet—but one that's easy, lacks fleas and won't run away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RACER DOGS by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Checkerboard endpapers show each doggie driver identified by name, including two female drivers, with one named Bingo—the only dog smart enough to read her map. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kolar (A Cat and a Dog, not reviewed, etc.) illustrates his busy scenes of canines cruising in cars in a cool palette of blues, grays, and citrus shades, with cartoon-style characters in a retro style and flat perspective similar to that of J.otto Seibold's Mr. Lunch books. Read full book review >

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RACE YOU TO BED by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"To sleep! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hyperactive, saucer-eyed rabbit challenges readers to a race to bed and runs into a gamut of unexpected animals, people and predicaments along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETS GO POP! by Bob Staake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A little too much style, not enough substance. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
Two per spread, a cavalcade of pets runs, romps and plays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LITTLE 123 BOOK by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"There are things to count, 120, and a nice final spread recaps the exercise. (Board book. 2-5)"
There is a lot going on in the polished design of this counting book, with some scenes and objects more readily recognizable in their simplicity or sophistication than others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALK THE DOG by Bob Barner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Whether walking, running, sniffing, licking, jumping, digging, or chasing, these happy-go-lucky four-footed friends exemplify all the alluring traits that qualify them for the title of man's (and kids') best friend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
From the oversize pawprints on the grassy-green endpapers to the parade of pups between the covers, this alphabetic array of popular pooches will have young readers howling, barking, and growling for a dog of their own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARS! STARS! STARS! by Bob Barner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Astronomy is a vast, complex subject, and any introduction for children will necessarily be brief and even simplistic, but Barner succeeds in illuminating the basics of the field in a creative and satisfying way. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Barner (Dinosaur Bones, 2001, etc.) provides a concise, attractive introduction to stars and planets that will work well for reading aloud in preschool or early elementary classrooms or for one-on-one sharing with a young child. Read full book review >