Search Results: "Bruce Koscielniak"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING AT GLASS THROUGH THE AGES by Bruce Koscielniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2006

"Young readers will come away with enough facts for a simple report, as well as a greater appreciation for what the author twice dubs an 'extraordinary material.' (endpaper maps) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Koscielniak opens with the appearance of faience beads in Egypt about 4,500 years ago, closes with the development of optical fiber and, in between, charts milestones in the use and manufacture of glass, from the various chemical additions that have given it strength and color—and clarity, which turns out to be a late and tricky accomplishment—to the invention of glassblowing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAR, HEAR, MR. SHAKESPEARE by Bruce Koscielniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Younger readers will get a truer taste of Shakespeare from Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Macbeth (1997) and William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (1996); here they will find just indifferently connected 'words, words, words.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
This scattershot introduction to the Bard's language and times superimposes topically related sound bites from the plays over a brief picture-book encounter between Shakespeare, gardening behind his Stratford home, and a wandering troupe whose only script has been ruined by a summer shower. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"An epic look at the man and his music."
A painstakingly traced chronicle of the remarkable career of powerhouse proletarian rocker Bruce Springsteen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABOUT TIME by Bruce Koscielniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2004

"His watercolor depictions of various clockworks are unusually lucid, though, and well-explained, making this an adequate alternative to Anita Ganeri's Story of Time and Clocks (1997) or Trent Duffy's The Clock (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Mechanically minded children willing to follow Koscielniak through this quick history of calendars and clocks will find the time well spent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FABULOUS FOUR SKUNKS by David Fair
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Still, Fair's debut shows promise and has obvious appeal to fans of The Stinky Cheese Man (1992) and other books of that odor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stinky, Smelly, Reeky, and Stenchy form a rock band and, to their delight, land a gig at the local teen center. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTEL BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A merry, witty celebration of chaos and grumpiness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cantankerous bear's home is once again wrested from his control. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A crotchety bear unwillingly raises four goslings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY BRUCE by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A life story that consistently charms with candor and the seasoned wit of a master storyteller who's certainly been around the block."
The hilariously juicy memoir of a successful novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRUCE CHATWIN by Nicholas Shakespeare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An unflinching reconstruction of a singular writer's scorching trajectory through life: Speed makes it concise; fate makes it haunting. (Family tree, photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ingenious, outsize myth-meets-facts "life and works" of the charismatic global citizen and compulsive tale-teller. Read full book review >