Search Results: "Darlyne A. Murawski"


BOOK REVIEW

FACE TO FACE WITH CATERPILLARS by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 2007

"Since many of the exotic caterpillars included are found in far-flung places, the title is more useful for inspiring awe than for the reader investigating nature in his backyard. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Some caterpillars spit poison, leave false appendages behind, bungee-jump to other branches or use camouflage to avoid their enemies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUG FACES by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Visually striking but short on substance. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Going eyeball-to-eyeball with spiders, moths, cockroaches, flies, and a caterpillar's behind might not be to every reader's taste, but plenty of bug enthusiasts will enjoy leafing through this science picture book, which shows odd creatures dramatically enlarged and displayed against shrilly colored, glossy backgrounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIDERS AND THEIR WEBS by Darlyne A. Murawski
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Fascinating fare for budding naturalists. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Murawski's big, sharp photos of the original world-wide webs introduce children in a memorably close-up way to the hunting strategies of ten spiders, along with briefer notes on spider silk's other natural uses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A BOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A good-enough choice for parents and teachers to use to get the youngest goblins excited about many adults' favorite holiday while introducing sophisticated, though still one-syllable, vocabulary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden puts a Halloween spin on her successful wordplay board books, Peek-a-Who? (2000) and Peek-a-Zoo! (2014). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-ZOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"While the first book executed this gimmick more successfully (there are only so many words that rhyme with 'Boo'), this companion title is a welcome pairing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The follow-up to the long-lived and much-loved Peek-a-Who? (2000) is finally here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A CHOO-CHOO! by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A disappointing trip on a too-frequently-driven track. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden revisits the formula she found early success with in Peek-a Who? (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A-WHO? by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
Released: April 1, 2000

"Companion book is Ready, Set, Go! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic child's game of peek-a-boo becomes an exuberant guessing game in this compact, colorful board book from Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIARY OF A HAUNTING by M. Verano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Somewhat slow pacing and a horror-movie ending may disappoint some, but here's one not to read in the dark. (Horror. 14-18)"
What's worse than leaving LA behind for frozen, slushy Idaho? Moving into a gloomy, pest-ridden, and probably haunted mansion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE'S A WITCH by Brittany Geragotelis
Released: July 9, 2013

"There isn't enough magic in the world to make this a good book. (Paranormal chick lit. 12 & up)"
Geragotelis' Wattpad project-turned-series continues with another underwhelming entry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO ART by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Limited scope notwithstanding, this is terrific for browsing, thinking, dreaming and art-making. (index, timeline, removable coloring sheets) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
An all-too-brief introduction to art for the younger set. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT by Jackie French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Still, the air of freshness that blew through the first book is absent here; better to buy a new copy of the first than to invest in this rerun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success. Read full book review >