Search Results: "Bruce Macbain"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BULL SLAYER by Bruce Macbain
Released: March 5, 2013

"Packed with colorful characters and a strong sense of history, Pliny's second adventure (Roman Games, 2010) takes its time developing its whodunit but consistently entertains along the way."
Far from Rome, mass murder complicates a provincial governor's fight against local corruption. Read full book review >

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ROMAN GAMES by Bruce Macbain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Macbain's debut novel convincingly re-creates everyday life in ancient Rome, weaving real and fictional characters with aplomb. But the formality of his prose keeps the hero at a distance."
A respected Roman senator turns sleuth to solve a baffling closed-door mystery. Read full book review >

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The Varangian by Bruce Macbain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"While some portions lack literary zeal, this book still delivers a highly entertaining Viking adventure."
This third installment of a historical fiction series focuses on a bold Viking's daunting mission in the 11th century C.E. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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

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

THE BABY ZOO by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Young children will enjoy the outstanding photos; older ones will also be intrigued by the brief facts. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Appealing color photos of 17 rare and unusual zoo babies are presented here, including the European mouflon, Bawean deer, and fishing cat as well as the more familiar giraffe and zebra. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAY DAY by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

A companion to One Sun (ALA Notable, 1990), with slightly less inspired monosyllabic pairings involving toddlers and their interests (``brown crown,'' ``fun run,'' ``shirt dirt,'' etc.). Read full book review >