Search Results: "Jim Manzi"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"A thoroughly argued, powerful study based on principles independent of the author's own conservative-libertarian views."
In his debut, software entrepreneur and former management consultant Manzi provides a critique of using apparently scientific methods for social engineering. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE MARKET BOWL by Jim Averbeck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Although the text lacks the heft of traditional folklore, the author/illustrator draws on his Peace Corps background to cook up a cautionary, but tasty look at life in Cameroon. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yoyo's mother says that no fair price for bitterleaf stew can be refused; to do so risks angering Brother Coin, the Great Spirit of the Market. Read full book review >

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GOBBLE IT UP! by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A CD with Arnosky playing the guitar and singing his song is part of the package. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
"You'd gobble them up and they'd taste good" is the repeated line in this jaunty song about animal feeding that invites young children into the natural world. Read full book review >

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SLOW DOWN FOR MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Though fiction, the story was inspired by an actual event, and the author's customary attention to environmental detail makes it an excellent companion to his All About Manatees (2007) and A Manatee Morning (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pregnant Florida manatee, accidentally injured by a passing motorboat, is rescued and rehabilitated in a tank on land, where she gives birth before both are released back into their canal home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP by Jim LaMarche
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"LaMarche's lovely warm illustrations, in acrylic washes and colored pencil, match his gentle fantasy. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A boy discovers that he has telekinetic powers. Read full book review >

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WILD AND SWAMPY by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"A first look at an unusual habitat and some of its inhabitants. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
"Every mammal sighting in a swamp is a surprise," notes Arnosky as he takes the reader and viewer exploring. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT SHARKS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Regrettable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Arnosky turns his usual artistry and care to a subject sure to find a ready audience. Read full book review >

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THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Set in an old style, very well-kept town with cobbled streets, but bicycles and electricity too, this timeless tale will leave readers suffused with the pleasure of seeing gifts received and appreciated. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
LaMarche creates a set of honey-toned illustrations that make the familiar Grimm tale less an odd encounter with the supernatural than a warm-hearted exchange of gifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LONG SPIKES by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 1992

"Young readers who can perceive the drama in this simple story will be the wiser for it. (Fiction. 10+)"
In early spring, yearling fawns Long Spikes and his sister lose their mother to coyotes, led by a wily female with a hooked fang. Read full book review >

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CRINKLEROOT'S 25 BIRDS EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

For the youngest, a fine concept book. Read full book review >

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ALL NIGHT NEAR THE WATER by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"As in McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, an aura of security pervades the simple, descriptive text and lovely art here, making this a wonderful introduction to wildlife observation. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
A night in the life of a mallard and her new ducklings. Read full book review >