Search Results: "Carl R. Sams"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A worthy effort, though as relentlessly earnest as its 2009 print edition and more hampered than helped by the clumsiness of its digital additions. (iPad nonfiction app. 6-10)"
An album of pretty, if bland, nature photos paired to a heavy-handed conservation message and homespun interactive effects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 27, 2012

"A terrific resource for March Madness fun."
A joyous outpouring of numbers aimed to soothe the jangled nerves of those caught up in the great, late-winter college basketball tournament. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS MIND POWERS by Carl R. Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
From two veteran nonfiction series authors, one of six volumes in a wide-ranging survey of the paranormal. Read full book review >

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BILL PICKETT by William R. Sanford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Pickett's stunt will draw readers in initially, but his life story is inspiring enough to keep them. (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
With the superfluous subtitle ``African-American Rodeo Cowboy,'' this entry in the Legendary Heroes of the Wild West series should prove interesting not only to its targeted audience of less-able readers, but to others as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BELLE STARR by Carl R. Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"B&w photos, maps (not seen), glossary, further reading, index. (Biography. 9-15)"
In the ``Outlaws and Lawmen of the Wild West'' series, a brief biography that satisfactorily sorts out the facts and fictions about the ``Bandit Queen'' for reluctant readers. Read full book review >

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ALLAN PINKERTON by Carl R. Green
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"This well-documented entry in the Outlaws and Lawmen of the Wild West series will appeal more to less practiced readers than will Wormser's Pinkerton: America's First Private Eye (1990). (map, notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-11)"
The colorful life of the US's first private investigator is filled with contradictions: His reputation for honesty as a detective was unshakeable, but he embroidered freely on his adventures in his bestselling memoirs; he supported several popular causes and ran a station on the Underground Railroad, yet worked to smash the Molly Maguires. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PAIR OF RED SNEAKERS by Lisa Lawston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers will never look at their footwear in quite the same way. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A distinctly Seussian flavor pervades this rollicking rhymed-prose debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE DECEIVING DON by Carl Brookins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2008

"Brookins (Bloody Halls, 2008, etc.) makes the case a cluttered, low-energy affair that fizzles out instead of winding up. On the plus side, there is a distinctly original motive for Don Molinaro's demise."
A Twin Cities private eye investigates when a resident of the retirement home across the street is murdered. Read full book review >