Search Results: "Don Lessem"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COMPLETE TYRANNOSAURUS REX by John R. Horner
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Aggravatingly juvenile at times, but stuffed with T. rex goodies and well-positioned to enjoy some of the run-off from Steven Spielberg's upcoming dino-megaepic, Jurassic Park. (Illustrations—eight pp. color & 72 pp. b&w—and line drawings— not seen)"
A lavish photo-and-text celebration of everyone's favorite dinosaur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Enjoyable if unfocused, offering ample evidence that paleontological research, which once seemed dry as dust and cold as clay, is now a red-hot bone of contention."
A Baedeker to the sprawling, brawling world of dinosaur research. Read full book review >

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THE ICEMAN by Don Lessem
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
From the co-author of Digging Up Tyrannosaurus Rex (1992), a scanty but fascinating report on a Copper-Age mummy discovered in 1991 on the mountainous border between Austria and Italy. Read full book review >

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JACK HORNER by Don Lessem
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"This book pulls it off splendidly. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The biggest thing this biography has going for it is the undeniable appeal of its subject: John R. Horner, chief curator of paleontology at the University of Montana and scientific adviser to the film Jurassic Park (now there's a handy hook for getting young readers' attention). Read full book review >

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ORNITHOMIMIDS by Don Lessem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

"Despite such lack of precision, children will be drawn to the vivid full-color photographs and appealing illustrations of familiar creatures. (glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the Special Dinosaurs series discusses a type of dinosaur thought to be the fastest. Read full book review >

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DIGGING UP TYRANNOSAURUS REX by John R. Horner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Resource Guide'' (lacks dates, but books are recent); rudimentary index. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The curator of paleontology at Montana's Museum of the Rockies describes the discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil and its excavation, and explains its scientific importance. Read full book review >

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THE ULTIMATE DINO-PEDIA by Don Lessem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Still, the outstanding art and the unmatched breadth of content move this to the head of the Dino-app pack. (iPad reference app. 7-11)"
Though not quite the dino-pedia to rule them all, this multimedia version of the already-terrific print edition of the same title will certainly set young dinophiles roaring. Read full book review >

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DOLLEY MADISON SAVES GEORGE WASHINGTON  by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Her altogether admirable tale makes a terrific lead-in to the likes of Robert Quackenbush's James Madison and Dolley Madison and Their Times (1992). (author's note, note on Stuart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Brown continues his string of exemplary biographies for younger readers with this profile of the most charming, charismatic and intrepid first lady ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD MACDONALD DRIVES A TRACTOR by Don Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"This likely offers them a few machines they haven't yet heard of. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Tractors do many different jobs on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACROSS A DARK AND WILD SEA by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"This works on many levels to delight and to inspire: as a stirring read-aloud, as a saint's biography, and as a beautiful picture book. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Brown (A Voice from the Wilderness, 2001, etc.) continues his series of picture-book biographies of lesser-known figures with a tale of the life of Saint Columcille, the sixth-century prince and monk better known by the Latin form of his name, Columba. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALICE RAMSEY'S GRAND ADVENTURE by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's quite a story, and Brown quietly reminds readers that it's also quite a triumph. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Brown (Ruth Law Thrills a Nation, 1993) describes an astonishing feat without fanfare or needless adulation, in a story of a little-known automobile pioneer. Read full book review >

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DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >