Search Results: "Brian Switek"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A warm, intelligent yeoman's guide to the progress of life."
A highly instructive tour of the fossil record, from New Jersey State Museum research associate Switek. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2013

"Readers will forgive Switek's detours into cuteness and bad jokes in exchange for a genuinely informative introduction to his favorite subject."
A dinosaur lover since childhood, science journalist Switek (Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature, 2010) chronicles his travels through North America visiting scientists, museums and fossil beds while delivering an enthusiastic account of the history, description, discoveries, ongoing controversies and inaccurate media obsession with these popular but extinct creatures. Read full book review >

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I CAME, I DANCED, I WENT VIRAL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Came, I Danced, I Went Viral
Bonus Factors: Kick-Ass Gram, Internet Fame
Relationship Status: Drinking Buddy

Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz

This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BATS IN THE BAND by Brian Lies
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Again with the bats, evoking another call of 'encore!' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yet more bats tumble from Lies' belfry, this time to ignite a darkened summer theater with the gift of music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING GOES:  ON LAND by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A glory ride for young car, truck, train, bus and trolley devotees. (Informational picture book. 4-6)
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In a visual feast for fans of wheeled vehicles large and small, Biggs presents a series of high-density street scenes done in an amiably rumpled cartoon style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BATS AT THE BEACH by Brian Lies
ANIMALS
Released: June 19, 2006

"Perfect for sharing with younglings of the wingless sort, when it's time for them to do the same. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gathering up "our buckets, trowels, / banjoes, blankets, books, and towels," a family of bats flits out to the beach for a moonlit picnic of "yummy treats"—"Beetles, ants, and milkweed bugs, / crickets, moths, and pickled slugs. / Damselflies, or salted 'skeeters— / no room here for picky eaters!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUDINI BOX by Brian Selznick
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"A historical note is appended. (Fiction/Young Reader. 6-10)"
A fervent admirer of Houdini, ten-year-old Victor tries to emulate his feats, but to no avail: getting out of locked trunks and holding his breath for 5000 seconds are beyond his powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'M A VETERINARIAN by Brian Biggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Little ones will enjoy meeting the professionals of Tinyville and seeing familiar faces across the series. (Board book. 2-4)"
A vet gives readers a first-person account of a day at the animal clinic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNDERPANTS ZOO by Brian Sendelbach
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"While the word 'underpants' may get readers to give this a try, repeat trips to this zoo are unlikely—better to buy additional copies of the Barretts' Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970) and Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People (1980). (Picture book. 3-7)"
In rhyming verse that sometimes stumbles, Sendelbach's picture-book debut showcases a zoo where all the animals wear underwear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTY NIGHT, SLEEPY SLEEPS by Brian Anderson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While it may not be conducive for somnolent evenings, this is pure good fun for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The popular characters of Anderson's comic-strip series Dog Eat Doug successfully transition to the picture book in a joyous celebration of the universal glee felt by toddlers trying to outwit and outrace their grown-ups. Read full book review >