Search Results: "Jim W.W. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Better-founded introductions like Robert Winston's Evolution Revolution: From Darwin to DNA (2009) or Kristan Lawson's Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (2003) will likely edge out this one in the struggle to survive. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A quick once-over of this hot-button topic, though strongly argued if superficial and oddly illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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

When I Set Myself on Fire by W.W. Singer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A surreal, sometimes-difficult narrative that will reward patient readers."
A university lawyer takes care of a monkey with humanlike tendencies in this debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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

IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA by W.W. Meissner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"An ambitious attempt to join the couch and the prie-dieu, this reveals much about the saint as a man, almost nothing about the man as a saint. (Twenty-four illustrations.)"
Far-reaching, sometimes far-fetched psychobiography of the Catholic mystic, saint, and founder of the Jesuits. Read full book review >

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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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