Search Results: "Gail Mencini"


BOOK REVIEW

TO TUSCANY WITH LOVE by Gail Mencini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"An intriguing tale about how people can affect one another long after they part ways."
A fun, poignant story about eight college students' shared experience in Italy and how their youthful idealism and indiscretions affect their adulthoods. Read full book review >

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SNAKES by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Strictly for fans. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Typical Gibbons—straightforward, poorly organized, with lots of information and lots and lots of basic watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWLS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Schools and libraries have many better options (Jim Arnosky's All About Owls (1995), for instance) for this topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Gibbons cranks out yet another serviceable but barely interesting volume and this time she's chosen a topic that could be quite fascinating. Read full book review >

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CORAL REEFS by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Most useful as an additional purchase where her other books have been popular or as a companion to one of the many titles about reefs illustrated with color photographs. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
The author of well over a hundred information books for children turns her attention to coral reefs in this introduction to that beautiful underwater world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCKS! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2001

"Young readers will enjoy this appealing introduction to the familiar waterfowl by the prolific science writer who has provided so many outstanding science titles. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
There are more than 150 kinds of ducks, divided into two types: diving ducks and dabbling ducks. Read full book review >

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GALAXIES, GALAXIES! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Wait for a more accurate report for your youngest sky watchers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A topic-book veteran takes on the universe in this engagingly illustrated introduction to the collections of stars, gas clouds and dust called galaxies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIZZLY BEARS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"Even Gibbons's staunchest fans should find this bear-ly marginal offering a disappointment. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sloppy, careless work from this normally reliable nonfiction stalwart. Read full book review >

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POLAR BEARS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Another fine science title by a prolific author of books for young readers. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Largest of the bears, the familiar white polar bear inhabits the ice and waters of the Arctic Circle catching seals, caribou, seabirds, and when meat cannot be found, berries, mushrooms, and seaweed. Read full book review >

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BEHOLD...THE UNICORNS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Children who enjoy skating the edges of their own imaginations but aren't quite ready to tackle Giblin's The Truth About Unicorns (1991) will pore over this primer. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Gibbons follows up Behold . . . the Dragons! (1999) with this look at another class of creatures that "live around the edges of our imagination and in our legends." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S RAINING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This effort gives partial information where children could have handled the full picture. Look to Julie Hannah and Joan Holub's The Man Who Named the Clouds, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye (2006), instead. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Though Gibbons includes lots of facts about rain in her latest, some flaws limit its usefulness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >