Search Results: "Charles Piller"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"There are Nimbys and potential Nimby battles everywhere, and Piller's integration of the case reports with more general issues should interest combatants on both sides."
According to a 1957 poll, Piller reports, Americans held science in almost religious awe. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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ASTONISHING ANIMAL ABC by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Cute enough, but not likely to inspire repeated readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alliteration and rhyme abound in Fuge's latest, an abecedarian salute to anthropomorphized animals. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ANT by Charles Micucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"Closing with a three-sentence version of Aesop's famous fable, plus two other literary references to ants, this close-up, but wide-angled follow-up to Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (1987) makes a readable, engaging alternative to the many photographic treatments of the subject. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
With a characteristic mix of briefly stated facts and lucid, not-always-completely-serious pictures, the author of The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995) profiles an equally ancient, even more successful, social insect. Read full book review >

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THREE LITTLE DINOSAURS by Charles Fuge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"A cozy, briefly told wish-fulfillment tale, lit up by pictures whose clear colors and solid-looking figures are easy on the eyes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Plot plays a minor role at best in this brightly illustrated tale of three cute, stubby-limbed dinos getting a taste of flight. Read full book review >

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LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PEANUT by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"The straightforward, stimulating style rises above the superficial, jam-packed, jazzy presentations of many information books for children, making this a captivating compendium, as wholesome and substantial as a peanut butter sandwich. (further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-11)"
In a book that follows in the clearly defined footsteps of its predecessors, The Life and Times of the Apple (1992) and The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995), Micucci takes a bemused, informative look at the subject of goobers, pinders, earth nuts, ground peas—peanuts. Read full book review >

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SUGAR SKULL by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A fittingly audacious finale to an artistically ambitious trilogy, one that pays homage to the comic books of old yet takes the art to another, weirder level."
The third volume in a trilogy concludes a renowned graphic artist's hallucinatory descent into comic-book hell—and it doesn't end prettily. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE HONEYBEE by Charles Micucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Honeybees are fascinating and have been extensively researched; most science enthusiasts will want more information than this title provides. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
The author of The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992) uses the same breezy, colorful format to introduce the honeybee, its history, anatomy, odd facts, and daily life. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CORN by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Columbus sought gold when he came to the New World; little did he know how much those yellow kernels were really worth. (sources, acknowledgements) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Micucci, who has closely examined the apple, the peanut, the honeybee and most recently the ant (The Life and Times of the Ant, 2003, etc.), now turns to the largest crop in America—corn. Read full book review >

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I KNOW A RHINO by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A young girl transforms her day in imaginative rhyming play with her many animal friends. Read full book review >