Search Results: "James Jespersen"


BOOK REVIEW

MUMMIES, DINOSAURS, MOON ROCKS by James Jespersen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like a good detective story, the book will hook even casual readers, who will be subsequently enthralled. (b&w photos, diagrams, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Subtitling their work ``How We Know How Old Things Are,'' the authors write with enthusiasm and include up-to-date information about ``many ways of finding the age of objects ranging from the relatively young—like pottery and old musical instruments—to fossils and the earth itself.'' Each method is put in the context of current and evolving scientific puzzles that will appeal to young readers: Methods include Carbon 14 dating, thermoluminescence, potassium-argon dating, dendrochronology, analysis of DNA, etc. Examples are wide ranging and intriguing, e.g., where did Columbus land that Christmas of 1492 and establish La Navidad? Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE EDGE! by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Best friends Bird and Squirrel embark upon a new graphic-novel adventure, in which they make a new friend and find the dynamics of their friendship changing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARM by James Brown
by James Brown, illustrated by James Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Simple and beautiful. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)"
A graphically striking introduction to farm animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEEP AND BAH by James Burks
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"It's a ride is rich enough in slapstick, comical mishaps, jokes and general silliness to make anyone want to invite themselves along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In an improbably compelling quest, a goat and a rolling robot go on the hunt for a single sock's mate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIG, DOGS, DIG by James Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"No new ground is excavated here, but these cheerful canines build up a charming bond with their intended audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dozen dogs and one black cat work hard to build a playground in this amusing story that will please kids who love excavators, cranes and dump trucks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An homage that is ultimately more a testament to the author-illustrator's own bookmaking skills than paean to the inventor of movable type. (epilogue, key search terms) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
Ironically, this book honors the inventor of the printing press more through illustrations than words. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT by James Warhola
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Read it to a group of children and you will almost certainly end up with your very own jungle by the time you've turned the final page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pick this up for a surefire storytime crowd-pleaser. Read full book review >