Search Results: "Doug Lavers"


BOOK REVIEW

REKINDLING OF HOPE by Doug Lavers
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"An engaging read for fans of Utopian sci-fi, but limp characters and tensionless conflict limit its appeal."
Lavers' debut novel opens as an alien collective, known as the Bearing, contacts elderly Australian Peter Wilson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Natural history is one of the few sciences that lends itself to enjoyably larking about ideas and hypotheses as well as having its sober sides, and Lavers takes full advantage of its propensity for entertaining erudition."
Provocative stabs at answering the really big questions regarding wildlife biology, the ones seemingly skipped over when the Victorians tidied up their discipline of natural history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF UNICORNS by Chris Lavers
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Lavers makes an elegant, colorful guide to the unicorn's myth, marvel and the ties that have bound it to human progress."
Lavers (Natural History/Univ. of Nottingham; Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth, 2001) ingeniously tracks the myth-making of the unicorn, a 2,500-year "windy road with many charming vistas, and many strange ones." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIGMARES by Cushman Doug
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Likely to inspire more giggles than gasps; these hammy horrors are sure to please. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Mummy Pigs, Frankenswine and Werehogs…oh my! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARDBOARD by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Utterly brilliant.(Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)"
An out-of-the-box story of golems, guys and guts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALIFORNIA, THE MAGIC ISLAND by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A must in the Golden State; teachers in other states could use it as inspiration for their own mythic histories. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
In the early 16th century, a Spanish romantic adventure book told of Queen Calafia and her magical land, California, where she led black-skinned Amazon women of great courage and wisdom; Hansen plays on this trope in this illustrated tribute that combines history and myth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOMMYSAURUS REX by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"An enjoyable mixed bag of potty humor, insightfulness and the powerful bonds between a pet and its owner. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
A young boy loses his beloved dog, only to have him return as a feisty and lovable T-Rex. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVELS IN THE MUCK by Doug Wechsler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A solid introduction to the complexity and interconnectedness of life in a single habitat. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Naturalist Wechsler's latest takes readers on a season-by-season look at a New Jersey salt marsh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOSTOPOLIS by Doug TenNapel
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Creepy details, quick quips and a wry, deadpan (pun absolutely intended) humor are sure to delight. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
As an agent for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, it is Frank Gallows's job to catch ghosts on Earth and send them back to the afterlife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY AT THE CLUB SANDWICH by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

With illustrations in a noir-ish gray and a merciless hand with the double entendres, Cushman sets elephant-in-a-trench-coat Nick Trunk, Private Eye ("I work for peanuts") on the track of diva Lola Gale's missing marbles—her lucky marbles, that is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LASER MOOSE AND RABBIT BOY by Doug Savage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"With rampant whimsy and cheerful silliness, expect this to hit funny bones with laser accuracy. (Graphic science fiction. 7-11)"
A moose that can shoot laser beams out his eyes—what could be better? Read full book review >