Search Results: "Darrin Lunde"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Though a footnote to broader studies of Roosevelt, this book offers well-considered interpretations of 'the brainy naturalist and muscular adventurer.'"
Teddy Roosevelt: not just hunter, but also gatherer. Read full book review >

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WHOSE POOP IS THAT? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A primer on poop and a guessing game, especially for those just beyond toilet training. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Owl pellets, coprolites, bird droppings, and honking big turds—whose waste is that? Read full book review >

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DIRTY RATS? by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Not particularly convincing as a reclamation project but generally informative and easy on the eyes. (online resources) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Smithsonian mammal specialist makes a bid to clean up the rat's rotten rep. Read full book review >

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HELLO, BABY BELUGA by Darrin Lunde
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A solid addition for the youngest naturalists. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lunde and Wynne pair up for the third time (Meet the Meerkat, 2007, etc.), here acquainting the youngest animal lovers with facts about the beluga whale. Read full book review >

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MEET THE MEERKAT by Darrin Lunde
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Playing up the meerkat's general cuteness and social nature, this takes a more anthropomorphic approach than Heidi Moore's A Mob of Meerkats (2004), but may in consequence lend itself better to sharing with groups of children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Along the lines of their Hello, Bumblebee Bat (July 2007), Lunde and Wynne again introduce primary readers to a small, fuzzy animal through a very simply written interview: "Hello, little animal. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE KILL by Darrin Lunde
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Pair this with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen's Flying Eagle, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray (2009), for more 'nature red in tooth and claw' science. (Informational picture book. 7-10) "
When a lioness kills a zebra, the carcass becomes food not only for her pride but also for vultures, hyenas, jackals and, finally, meat-eating beetles that clean the skeleton, leaving it to turn to dust on Africa's Serengeti Plain. Read full book review >

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HELLO, MAMA WALLAROO by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Tots who have enjoyed the earlier titles with find this a satisfying introduction to an animal whose name they will also love repeating. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Preschoolers may think they know about kangaroos, but have they ever heard of or seen a common wallaroo, a kind of kangaroo? In this simple informational text, they get to meet one and conduct an interview with her. Read full book review >

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MONKEY COLORS by Darrin Lunde
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Simple and effective, a charming early reader about variety in the natural world. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
"Monkeys come in many colors." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, BUMBLEBEE BAT by Darrin Lunde
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Jill C. Wheeler's photo-illustrated Bumblebee Bats (2005) is aimed at a slightly older audience. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Framed as simply phrased questions and answers in differently sized type, this interview with the world's smallest bat—at rest, about the size of a quarter, as a life-sized view on the final page attests—will fill in younger naturalists on its looks, diet, enemies ("Bumblebee Bat, what do you fear?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HISTORY OF BEES by Maja  Lunde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Illuminating if not much fun."
Three interwoven tales from 1851, 2007, and 2098 tell the story of our dependency on bees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIVINE FURY by Darrin M. McMahon
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An uneven but wide-ranging and intermittently illuminating survey."
McMahon (History/Florida State Univ.; Happiness: A History, 2006, etc.) examines the varied meanings attributed to the word "genius." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Exclusively for fans."
Reminiscences of the author's high-school days with slain hip-hop star Tupac Shakur. Read full book review >