Search Results: "Jim Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Fresh perspectives on the oft-chronicled Japanese surrender should ensure that general readers will enjoy this as much as military history enthusiasts."
A radio operator on the final US bombing mission over Japan teams with military historian McConnell (Inside Hanoi's Secret Archive, 1995, etc.) to chronicle that mission's unintended effect on a nationalist attempt to prevent Emperor Hirohito's surrender. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLESIOSAUR PERIL by Daniel Loxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Go, Cryptoclidus! (Picture book. 6-9)"
Another prehistoric predicament from the creators of Ankylosaur Attack (2011) and Pterosaur Trouble (2013), with similarly nongory but otherwise photorealistic illustrations. Read full book review >

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INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"An excellent choice for younger readers from the author of the bittersweet Rain Is Not My Indian Name (2001). (Fiction. 7-10)"
A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer. Read full book review >

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PTEROSAUR TROUBLE by Daniel Loxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Dino devotees may be disappointed by the lack of a bibliography, but they will devour this eye candy with relish. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A fishy breakfast almost turns fatal for huge, winged Quetzalcoatlus—the Spruce Goose of the Late Cretaceous. Read full book review >

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ANKYLOSAUR ATTACK by Daniel Loxton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"For a series dubbed Tales of Prehistoric Life, this kickoff doesn't offer much of a story, but it's a memorable showcase for a new dino-artist team. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Two armored dinosaurs square off against a hungry T. Rex in this quick but unusually immersive prehistoric episode. 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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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

CRINKLEROOT'S GUIDE TO GIVING BACK TO NATURE by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Renewed public interest in a 'green' world makes this a timely and welcome return for Crinkleroot. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Forest-dweller Crinkleroot reappears to lead 21st-century readers outdoors, urging them to appreciate and give back to nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TURTLE IN THE SEA by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER BUFFALO by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"While the attachment between Grandfather Buffalo and the newborn calf may be zoologically suspect, this is unlikely to bother young readers, who will instead find the intergenerational bond pleasingly recognizable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An old buffalo finds himself slowing down, but he still maintains a place within the herd in this gentle nature story. Read full book review >

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COYOTE RAID IN CACTUS CANYON by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Once again Arnosky's appealing brand of nature lesson will foster an appreciation of the natural world in any child. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Veteran wildlife-watcher Arnosky turns his attention to the desert biome in this gentle account of the disruption of the peaceful world of Cactus Canyon by the visit of a pack of four young coyotes. Read full book review >