Search Results: "Helaine Becker"


BOOK REVIEW

DIRK DARING, SECRET AGENT by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A clever romp that's enhanced, not lessened, by its message. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his double life in danger of exposure, Darren Dirkowitz, aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, must complicate his personal life in order to keep his secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The imaginative twist at the end makes this more likely to be picked up for a repeat reading, but not necessarily for the grammar lesson. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An alphabetical romp through an amusement park strives to illuminate comparatives and superlatives. Read full book review >

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ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the premise is cool, what's delivered is too short on the shock, mind-boggling and bizarre-originality factors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

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WORMS FOR BREAKFAST by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"With fascinating facts and a lively design, this is a surprisingly nourishing treat. (glossary, puzzle answers, index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Monkey chow, mealworm mush, and predator popsicles, yum yum. Read full book review >

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LINES, BARS AND CIRCLES by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An unusual and useful curricular choice for today's students, who frequently learn through infographics. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The origins of the now-ubiquitous line graph, bar graph, and pie chart are rarely considered. This title introduces the Scotsman who first plotted and promoted these tools for easily communicating complex information. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN READ by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"As a representative of the 'reading is awesome' genre, this offers a fairly witty alternative to the often drearily earnest run of the mill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book's title and cover, on which two kids tote heaps of books, will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it. Read full book review >

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LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With a smart balance of humor and heart, this is a winning sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014) returns for another spy romp. Read full book review >

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MONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The science behind the myth—or are there really monsters in our world? Read full book review >

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THE BIG GREEN BOOK OF THE BIG BLUE SEA by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The sheer breadth of information presented here and its appealing format make this an invaluable resource, especially when accompanied by a knowledgeable adult to guide and correct. (table of contents, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bite-sized pieces of information and hands-on explorations teach readers all about the sea, from its composition and currents to its problems and energy potential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"A nice takedown, particularly in its acknowledgement that the deck is always stacked against 'participants in a vast experiment' of the deregulated marketplace—namely, the little guys."
Dishy dirt on the "financialization" of American life and the hordes of carrion-pickers who swarm us in the hope of lifting still more dollars from our pockets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >