Search Results: "Bruce Holsinger"


BOOK REVIEW

A BURNABLE BOOK by Bruce Holsinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A highly literate thriller from medievalist Holsinger."
In 1385 London, the race is on to recover a missing book. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A cautionary tale that argues powerfully against handgonnes and their modern descendants."
Second installment in Holsinger's series starring medieval detective John Gower. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD NEWS! I’M IN CHARGE! by Bruce Ingman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fans of Jules Feiffer's recent excursions into the preteen id will find themselves on familiar ground here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Unearthing a proclamation that makes him the boss of everything, a lad proceeds to make the best of it in this undiluted wish-fulfillment fantasy. Read full book review >

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LOST PROPERTY by Bruce Ingman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The story is not particularly new, but the pictures can be seen from the back of the room; the book works best as inspiration for children to put together their own scenes of comic domestic turmoil. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The mind behind When Martha's Away (1995) mines humor from the story of a family and a trail of disappearing objects. Read full book review >

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BEACH BALL--LEFT, RIGHT by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Notes on the photography and the participants. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
A huge plastic ball appears on one side of each appealing double-spread photo here, with the added interest of a child (playing at the shore); an artist; a dog; a fire truck; or simply the foaming surf. Read full book review >

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MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"'Freakity freaking freakiness!' (to quote Carlos) on a high and gleeful level. (Horror. 8-10)"
Seasoned fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny find heaping helpings of horror in the lunchroom. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD DETECTIVE AGENCY by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Funny and flip, like Saturday morning cartoons. (Fantasy/mystery. 6-9)"
Everyone knows the Big Bad Wolf is…well bad, right? Read full book review >

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I SAID, "BED!" by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A mixed bag of a book. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A book written for new readers seems more like fare for the toddler set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW JOKE by Bruce Degen
by Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A snow book that deserves a warm reception from new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Anti-social high jinks deliver a lesson in kindness and in learning to read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OOKPIK by Bruce Hiscock
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Like his earlier Big Caribou Herd (2003), this conveys the author's love for that remote part of the world and provides a fine introduction for middle-grade readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Snowy owls, birds of the frozen far north, appear in the lower 48 states only sporadically, in winters when the lemming population has crashed and food is in short supply. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANCIENT EGYPT by Bruce Strachan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"This ambitious but flawed effort is strictly for browsing. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Strachan's photographed dioramas—elaborately staged tableaux of clay and wood combined with oil paint—are undermined by a weak text and painfully inadequate coverage of a subject that deserves better treatment. Read full book review >

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JOHANN GUTENBERG AND THE AMAZING PRINTING PRESS by Bruce Koscielniak
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Definitely not for the younger picture book crowd, however. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Koscielniak wowed with The Story of the Incredible Orchestra (2000); he is much less successful here. Read full book review >