Search Results: "Chris Impey"


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BEYOND by Chris Impey
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2015

"There's not a lot new here, and most of the information can easily be found elsewhere, including Impey's own books. Still, he provides a useful synthesis without prerequisites and a welcoming invitation to join the space race."
Do we have a future in space? By astronomer Impey's (How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe, 2012, etc.) account, the answer is yes—but we must get working immediately.Read full book review >

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HOW IT BEGAN by Chris Impey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"An astute tour of the cosmos by a skillful teacher."
Popular cosmology writers rarely restrain their sense of wonder, but readers who tolerate the science-fiction scenarios scattered throughout this account will not regret it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 18, 2007

"A skillful account of the universe, the nature of life and where in the universe life might occur."
Lively, clear and up-to-date overview of astronomy, cosmology, biology and evolution, specifically as related to the search for extraterrestrial life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The authors' largely uncritical, gee-whiz approach is entirely appropriate since these programs were not only technological marvels, but produced dazzling, quantum-leap discoveries."
Although less sexy than manned space travel, satellites, probes and landers have produced a scientific bonanza with more to come. Impey (Astronomy/Univ. of Arizona; How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe, 2012, etc.) and Henry (English/California State Univ., San Bernardino; Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy, 2003) team up for an enthusiastic account of a dozen programs. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN WENT TO MOW... by Rose Impey
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Still, clear as Spot's actions are, the men's accomplishments are murkier, making this one ultimately forgettable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A digging pooch turns a meadow into a field of buried treasure. Read full book review >

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JOE'S CAFE by Rose Impey
by Rose Impey, illustrated by Sue Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Porter may not have Shirley Hughes's sure touch, but her well-observed watercolors for this engaging minidrama have a similar appeal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Joe, about six, is supposed to keep an eye on baby Amy, but Joe's so busy making mud pies and ``sloppy spider stew'' that he 2never notices when Amy wanders out the gate he shouldn't have left open. Read full book review >

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READ ME A FAIRY TALE by Rose Impey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An unusually attractive introduction to these basic tales, for reading aloud or alone. (Folklore. 6-12)"
Fourteen of the best-loved tales from the Grimms, Joseph Jacobs, Perrault, Andersen, et al., in a lively style that retains their basic structure and flavor and much of their language. Read full book review >

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AWESOME ORIGINS by Chris Giarrusso
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Formulaic, built on well-worn tropes and replete with cheap jabs at grown-ups—destined, in other words, to be an easy sell. (afterword) (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 9-11)"
Spun off from Giarrusso's G-Man comics series, a wannabe superhero's journal assignment records epic triumphs along with a catalog of middle-grade woes. Read full book review >

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DINOTRUX DIG THE BEACH by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers won't want to wait to find out where the Dinotrux will go next. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third in Gall's crashing, smashing series takes the hot and grumpy Dinotrux on a vacation to the beach. What mayhem will ensue? Read full book review >

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PIP AND THE TWILIGHT SEEKERS by Chris Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Children who read this wretched stuff may grow up to write like this—don't let it happen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There are murky goings-on in Hangman's Hollow and Spindlewood Forest as Pip, Frankie and Toad continue the tale begun in Pip and the Wood Witch Curse (2012). Read full book review >

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THERE’S NOTHING TO DO ON MARS by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"There probably won't be much to do there, either, right? (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following a story arc that's been popular at least since Ellen Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens On My Block! (1966), young Davey fails to find anything to relieve his boredom in the rugged Martian landscape—not the fish skeleton, the giant face, the half-buried Mars Rover or even the horde of froggy Martians leaping about in a wild (and, of course, futile) rain dance. Read full book review >

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OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Shelve this, the first volume of a projected three, with the graphic novels. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A tale told in intricate, finely detailed pictures linked by occasional brief bursts of prose introduces Eloise-like young Ottoline, who shares a large apartment with hair-covered sidekick Mr. Munroe, collects odd single shoes and postcards from her parents (who are generally off on travels) and solves mysteries. Read full book review >