Search Results: "Cynthia Platt"


BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE by Cynthia Platt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Charming. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mouse and her mother go on a culinary adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANDA-MONIUM! by Cynthia Platt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"The whole is pleasant enough but unmemorable—probably not even enough to sell a soft toy or two. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Panda parade seeks sweet bamboo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR GAZER by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The result should please most horse-crazy middle-school girls, all of whom dream of the day when they attend a horse auction with money in their hands—but next time, please, can we have a different plot? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Unlikely child and abandoned equine persevere to show-ring success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

"Do Not Forsake Me"  Martin Luther King, Jr by M.S. Platt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2012

"A perfectly serviceable CSI-style forensic thriller, but its significance falls short of its title."
In his debut novel, Platt (Holy Economics, 2011) obliquely questions the Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of equality with a story about an African-American baby's death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON LANDING by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"A shame. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
One might think that a pop-up would be the perfect vehicle for a book about Apollo 11—but Columbia this ain't. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON SHADOW by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The horses, on the other hand, are pretty good, and the opening scene of stallions fighting is the best four pages of the book. (Fiction. 10-13)"
You recognize the Bad Guys in this stock Western because they wear black hats—oops, that's wrong, it's because they 1) speak rudely about Mustangs, spontaneously and at length; 2) thwart Our Heroine without any apparent motivation other than that they are Bad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Platt chirps, with no cautionary notes—the genetic engineering of plants goes uncontested, livestock farms warrant ungarnished accolades. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Platt (Stephen Biesty's Incredible Explosions, 1996, etc.) doesn't really explain inventions here, as David Macaulay did in The Way Things Work (1988); rather, he makes note of them and their time frame and how they benefitted humans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INCOMMUNICADO by Randall Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Readers will respond to one girl's determination to do what's right during a dark time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Paranoia and racial tension ripple through coastal Oregon's Sea Park during the onset of World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASTRA by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A former jockey and current endurance rider, Platt should be able to do better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If, by the bottom of page two, a book's end is manifest, it may not be worth starting page three. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLIE JONDOE by Randall Platt
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Irrepressible and irreverent. (Historical fiction. YA)"
New York City in 1918 is a tough place for an orphan girl, and Hellie (born Helena) survives by hanging with her brother Harry's gang, picking pockets and convincing everyone she's a boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOW KING by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Platt's first novel is a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions. Read full book review >