Search Results: "Brian Floca"


BOOK REVIEW

OLD WOLF by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A modern-day fable intertwines the stories of a young boy and an old wolf. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS by Lynne Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A lovely if incomplete story of animals and humans living together. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Can you imagine living in a city with an enormous elephant seal in residence? Read full book review >

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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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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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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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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

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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THE HINKY PINK by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Fairy-tale enthusiasts will delight in this fanciful story. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Extraordinary seamstress Anabel wants to work for a true princess, one with beautiful features and a name ending in "ella." Read full book review >

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UNCLES AND ANTLERS by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Who wouldn't want to ride along? (Picture book. 5-7)"
The best answer yet to that perennial question: what do Santa's reindeer do during the off season? Read full book review >

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POPPY by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"776, etc.). (Fiction. 9-11)"
An adolescent mouse named Poppy is off on a romantic tryst with her rebel boyfriend when they are attacked by Mr. Ocax, the owl who rules over the area. Read full book review >