Search Results: "Jim Rugg"


BOOK REVIEW

JANES IN LOVE by Cecil Castellucci
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The novelty of its premise made the first in this series remarkable, and happily, the overarching spirit of art triumphing over fear in this second offering expands on it and still rings true. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
Jane Beckles and her crew of like-named conspirators return in this sequel to The Plain Janes (2007). 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

A VERY IMPORTANT DAY by Maggie Rugg Herold
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A tale told with vigor, exuberantly displayed in Stock's people-filled watercolor landscapes and cozy interior scenes of all the pre-oath preparations, this is a thoughtful celebration of one of this country's most meaningful ceremonies. (Picture book. 6+)"
Herold's first work captures the excitement of immigrants who are becoming US citizens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S MY FNURGLE? by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Share these books with young children who are not quite ready for 'Sue Denim' and Dav Pilkey's Dumb Bunnies or Benton's other books but are poised to move on from Sandra Boynton's board books. (Board book. 2-4)"
The creator of the Dear Dumb Diary series bring his twisted third-grade humor to board books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROZEN WILD by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A welcome addition to the eye-catching series that began with Wild Tracks (2008). (suggested reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the world around us, a wildlife artist takes readers to icy polar habitats far from his Vermont home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOOTH & CLAW by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Smartly focused on characteristics that will most interest young animal admirers, this is an attractive addition to a popular series. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Powerful acrylic paintings and detailed pencil sketches introduce awe-inspiring predators whose jaws and claws support their carnivorous diets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AT THIS VERY MOMENT by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2011

"Children lucky enough to encounter this book will feel connected, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a gentle rhythm, unforced rhymes and near rhymes and perfect pacing, this bedtime story encourages children to think, dream and wonder about the lives of animals in the wild. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL ABOUT MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-researched addition to both libraries and junior naturalists' shelves. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Part of the launch of Scholastic's republishing of Arnosky's All About...books in paperback, this displays all the trademark characteristics that have made the author such a staple in the nature and animal sections of libraries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOWING THE COAST by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"As such, it will disappoint readers in search of hard facts about salt marshes, but those who want to spend some time on the road with one of children's literature's most enthusiastic observers of nature will be rewarded. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Follow the author and his wife on their annual drive from Florida to Delaware as they travel from salt marsh to salt marsh, observing and sketching the wildlife therein. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDER THE WILD WESTERN SKY by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

This companion piece to Following the Coast (2004) takes the author-illustrator and his wife out into the Great American West, photographing and sketching cacti, cowboys, arroyos and wildlife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"This personal look at a popular subject is sure to please. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Stating that "[t]oday's mystery could be tomorrow's science," a veteran wildlife observer ponders the existence of such legendary creatures as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINKY DINKY DOO by Jim Jinkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2005

"As Pinky would (does) say, 'Yesserooni Positooni!' (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The irrepressible young storyteller introduced in Pinky Dinky Doo: Where Are My Shoes? (2004) returns with another wildly improbably yarn, this one featuring a truly epic Bad Hair Day. Read full book review >