Search Results: "Chris Simms"


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SCRATCH DEEPER by Chris Simms
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Simms (Cut Adrift, 2011, etc.) launches a new series with an appealing heroine whose every move, so surprising to her and her boss, seems eminently predictable by genre fans."
A lowly Detective Constable newly appointed to the Greater Manchester Police Force's Counter Terrorism Unit follows her unpromising assignment to a nest of deadly terrorists. Read full book review >

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A PRICE TO PAY by Chris Simms
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Iona's second adventure is long on tension but short on logic."
The illegal sale of refurbished laptops places Manchester's Counterterrorism Unit on a collision course with Mossad. Read full book review >

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MOMMIES AND BABIES by Simms Taback
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Taback's other spring 2010 books, Zoom (ISBN: 978-1-60905-007-8) and 4 5 6 (ISBN: 978-1-60905-006-1), are both superior. (Board book. 1-2)"
A wee (4" X 4") trim contains this partially successful introduction to farm animals and their young. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

A die-cut hole approach to an old favorite that offers a view of the old lady's stomach and its expanding bestiary. Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM CAMP by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2011

"Share with kids before and after camp—newbies will be astonished at how typical Michael's experience is; seasoned campers (and their parents) will laugh all the way through. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A reluctant camper gradually adjusts over the course of the summer, which is communicated entirely in postcards and letters between him and his father. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"All of the dinos, even T. Rex, sport friendly smiles that will undoubtedly be mirrored on the faces of any toddler in visual range. (Board book. 2-4)"
From the late, great Taback, a half-dozen burly dinos on sturdy foldout squares. Read full book review >

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I MISS YOU EVERY DAY by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This will likely open the door for a conversation about how they can keep in touch with loved ones who are far away. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taback's trademark illustrations bring to life the adventure of a young New Jersey girl who mails herself across the country. Read full book review >

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COLORS by Simms Taback
by Simms Taback, illustrated by Simms Taback
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Equally diminutive companion volumes are 1-2-3 (ISBN: 978-1-934706-89-3) and Animals (ISBN: 978-1-934706-87-9). (Ages 6-18 mos.)"
Arrayed within a baby's hand-sized trim are the usual suspects of any beginning concept book—red, yellow, blue, orange and so on—along with a few oddballs. Read full book review >

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KIBITZERS AND FOOLS by Simms Taback
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

If you sat Webster, Aesop and Sholem Aleichem around a rickety table and served them some chicken soup with or without the rice, you might achieve something as delightful as Taback's old world Yiddish storytelling-cum-definitions-cum-morals, all learned from his zayda (grandfather). Read full book review >

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SIMMS TABACK’S CITY ANIMALS by Simms Taback
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The heavy cardstock should withstand many readings—good thing, as this one is sure to be a favorite among young patrons. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following the same format as Simms Taback's Safari Animals (2008), the author/illustrator celebrates the animals that make their homes in the city. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Simms Taback
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Adults in the know will enjoy pointing out his identity to children, but the joke will be lost on those not familiar with the history of children's literature. (Picture book. 4+)"
Caldecott Medalist and Honoree Taback (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, 1999, etc.) has outdone himself with deeply colorful, intricately detailed and witty mixed-media illustrations of each figure in this familiar cumulative tale: cheese, rat, cat, dog, cow, maid, man, judge, rooster, and newly added artist. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST AFTERNOON by Brendan Simms
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Since literacy was common even among enlisted men, Simms takes advantage of abundant letters and memoirs to deliver an engrossing, often gruesome nuts-and-bolts description of that afternoon."
A slim but gripping account of the bloody, heroic defense of La Haye Sainte, a farmhouse that Napoleon had to capture to reach the Duke of Wellington's army. Read full book review >