Search Results: "Brian Floca"


BOOK REVIEW

FIVE TRUCKS by Brian Floca
Released: April 1, 1999

"Given preschoolers' well-documented fascination with heavy machinery, this book will strike a chord with young air travelers, and answer the questions of older travelers as well. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Floca (The Frightful Story of Harry Walfish, 1997, etc.) offers a great explication of the small trucks that airline passengers see scurrying around jets on the runways. Read full book review >

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LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission in Moonshot (2009); now he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey of 100 years earlier. Read full book review >

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THE RACECAR ALPHABET by Brian Floca
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Hold on to your hats! (Picture book. 3-7)"
On the title spread, a 1901 Ford bears down on the reader, its determined driver bent on speed—the first of many to come. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2000

"Difficult to place, since it is cataloged in nonfiction, but is filled with fiction, this will appeal to dinosaur fans willing to accept made-up conversations because the story is a compelling one. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In 1922 Roy Chapman Andrews, noted dinosaur hunter from the Museum of Natural History, and a team of fossil hunters; set off for Outer Mongolia to discover evidence of human origin in Asia. Read full book review >

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MOONSHOT by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2009

"Breathtaking, thrilling and perfect. (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
A dizzying, masterful command of visual pacing combines with an acute sense of verbal rhythms to provide a glorious account of the Apollo 11 mission, one that stands as the must-buy in this crowded lunar season. Read full book review >

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LIGHTSHIP by Brian Floca
Kirkus Star
by Brian Floca, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2007

"Together, the pictures and the brief, measured text lend these utilitarian, no-longer-active vessels a heroic aspect that will resonate with all young fans of ships and the sea. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Floca creates both suspense and poetry in this tribute to the anchored lightships that once warned ships away from hazards on the North American coast. Read full book review >

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THE FRIGHTFUL STORY OF HARRY WALFISH by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Xiphorhynchus erythropygius, I believe,'' notes Ms. Leonard-Brakthurst) to a pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea), while his crisp, animated watercolors add to the fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For his first solo outing, Floca (illustrator of Avi's Poppy, 1995) has created a whopper that operates on a number of levels: as a zoological exploration, as a wry cautionary tale, and as a story of just deserts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIAN BORU by Morgan Llywelyn
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A satisfying tale of majesty and magic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 12+)"
Adapted from the author's bestselling adult title Lion of Ireland (1980), about the charismatic man who united the Irish under his rule in the tenth century. Read full book review >

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BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >

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BILLY AND THE REBEL by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"The theme of friendship across lines of antagonism will kindle deep responses in more than just students of the Civil War. (map) (Easy reader. 7-9)"
In this upper-level Easy Reader, a young Confederate deserter repays with a courageous act the Gettysburg family that shelters him. Read full book review >

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POPPY AND RYE by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Readers may wonder who to root for in this disappointing follow-up to one of the best animal stories in years. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Still grieving over the loss of her beau Ragweed of Poppy (1995), the intrepid deer mouse decides to bring the sad news to his family in this uneven, heavy-handed sequel. Read full book review >