Search Results: "Gail Z. Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

ICE FORGED by Gail Z. Martin
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Better than average, but be prepared to settle in for the long haul."
First of a new fantasy series from the author of The Dread (2012, etc.), brewed from standard ingredients. Read full book review >

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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEPHANTS OF AFRICA by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A good introduction to the topic. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons's latest is a handy early reference book about the African elephant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TELL ME, TREE by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Sure to please. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A very fine introduction to trees for beginning and challenged readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ART BOX by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Combining a visual feast with simple explanations, Gibbons demonstrates again why her books are staples of any collection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
Gibbons (The Honey Makers, 1997, etc.) employs her creative palette to shed both light and color on the tools and supplies of artists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PENGUINS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"A handsome, sensibly simple title on a popular creature. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
There are 17 kinds of penguins in the Southern Hemisphere, and Gibbons (The Art Box, p. 1034, etc.) introduces them all in this appealing beginning science title. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BASEBALL BOOK by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"A companion volume is My Soccer Book. (Nonfiction. 3-7)"
This small, square picture book introduction to our national pastime is accurate but unexciting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GULLS...GULLS... GULLS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"It is fun to watch gulls exploring their world,'' sounds a little dull, it's only because readers of this book will be those who have already spent time watching gulls, and have turned to Gibbons's solid introduction for the facts. (map, diagrams) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The irrepressible Gibbons (The Honey Makers, p. 141, etc.) returns for a look at a bird that, along with pigeons and sparrows, may be so ubiquitous to some readers that they won't have given gulls much thought. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAVES AND CAVERNS by Gail Gibbons
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cavils aside, a useful introduction. (Nonfiction. 7+)"
Again, by presenting the types of caves and how they are formed, Gibbons provides simple, straightforward science in picture-book format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HONEY MAKERS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Bee-utiful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5+)"
Although most folks buy it in a simple jar, honey is nothing short of miraculous in the way it is manufactured—bees use nectar from over a million flowers just to make one pound of the stuff. Read full book review >