Search Results: "Colin Tudge"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"All in all, however, this is sound science supporting a point of view that deserves to be heeded. (line drawings, not seen)"
A world survey course with a message: Change your attitude if you want Homo sapiens to survive another million years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"An engaging and comprehensive analysis of genetic theory with occasional lapses into technophobia."
A sprawling exploration of genetic theory, as traced from Gregor Mendel's ideas of heredity and Charles Darwin's concept of evolution to today's biotechnologies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Entertaining, charming and knowledgeable."
A serious exploration of bird life from biologist Tudge (Feeding People Is Easy, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Few books are as relevant for our time as is this one."
A tree-hugger extraordinaire offers myriad compelling reasons to admire, revere and—yes—hug the nearest trunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A challenging work that's worth reading, but requires patience."
An ambitious and evenhanded meditation on the science of genetics, its potential, and its ethical implications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"An important book and impressive piece of science writing."
When Dolly, the cloned sheep, met the media in 1997, she unleashed a torrent of headlines, articles, editorials, and at least one book (Clone ,by Gina Kolata). Another after three years seems superfluous, but it's the one to read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALIENS ARE COMING! by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"But with almost no plot, it seems more like the prologue for an upcoming adventure than a stand-alone story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ragtag army of creatures from outer space is headed this way, bent on conquering the Earth! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T STEP ON THE CRACK! by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The broadly comic cartoons may draw some giggles, but on the whole this uninspired flight of fancy never gets off the ground. (Picture book. 6-8)"
McNaughton (Oomph, p. 416, etc) takes the old warning about stepping on a crack and turns it into a series of less-threatening mishaps: one wrong step, and you might suddenly turn into a pig, or a girl ("your worst nightmare"), or your father might become a "hippy," your dog might wee on a massive punk, you might forget to put your trousers on before going off to school, and so forth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY PORRIDGE? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rock-and-roller's quiff!' (index) (Poetry. 5-10)"
This collection of sophomoric verse from McNaughton (Preston's Goal, p. 897, etc.) isn't so much wicked as mean—"He's such a sweet pup,/I could eat him right up—/We'll have him tonight in the stew!"—and not so much playground-subversive as just plain dumb: "If I was a bird,/My wings I would spread,/I'd swoop over you/And plop on your head!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO LIVE FOREVER by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Children may not grow wiser for reading this book, but they will have their eyes filled—and thoughts provoked—on every page of amusing details and visual pranks. (Picture book. 7+)"
As with Thompson's Ruby (1994), this book may have more appeal for literate, pun-loving picture-book collectors than for children, but there are few readers who won't come away impressed with the sheer detail of the illustrations. Read full book review >

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WHO'S THAT BANGING ON THE CEILING? by Colin McNaughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's all topped off when imagination meets reality in King Kong himself—who's tap-dancing on the roof in a spectacular foldout. ``Now that really [is] silly.'' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A vertically-opening, one-idea book with sure child appeal: working from the ground up, each high-rise tenant imagines what could be making the racket immediately above (``It sounds like elephants on pogo sticks!'' ``It sound like a dinosaur dancing the fandango!''); both imagined and real activities (revealed with a page turn—in this case, kids bouncing on the bed) are depicted in lively cartoon style. Read full book review >

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SHH! (DON'T TELL MR. WOLF!) by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Silly and funny, even the youngest readers will enjoy this peekaboo chase as well as being in on the secret. (Picture book. 13)"
The nefarious Mr. Wolf is up to his nasty tricks again. Read full book review >