Search Results: "Ken Ballen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Ballen admits that they cannot reveal the motivation of all Islamic radicals, but few readers will deny that they illuminate the frustrations of young Islamic men living in repressive societies, alternatively fascinated and horrified by America."
Those who still believe terrorists are mindless fanatics will find little evidence in these revealing, often touching interviews with six young Islamic men. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO, SILLY! by Ken Krug
by Ken Krug, illustrated by Ken Krug
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A well-paced romp with nifty response opportunities for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four young friends describe their favorite things to do throughout the day, and sometimes those descriptions take a very silly turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOOD FOR THOUGHT by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Ultimately both approach and content seem best suited to an adult audience (preferably dedicated foodies) who will be sufficiently familiar with mythology, history and literature to catch and appreciate the many allusions. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Striking photographs dominate in this odd paean to selected fruits and vegetables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Would make a yummy storytime with Deborah Turney Zagwyn's Apple Batter (1999) and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
"An apple is a wonderful thing—a perfect handful of portable food, wrapped in a package of its very own skin." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCARECROW’S HAT by Ken Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Great for storytelling, with big beautiful pictures for a topper. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A brilliant watercolorist, Brown sets this familiarly patterned tale in sunny, poppy-strewn rural locales, and populates it with animals that are at once wonderfully lifelike and comically expressive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRIDGES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"An attractive introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
Robbins's unique style of hand-tinting b&w photos, retaining some of their graphic crispness while adding color that is softer and subtler than that of a color photo, serves well for this showcase for 16 types of bridges—from a log over a stream to such varied and complex structures as the Brooklyn Bridge, New Jersey Turnpike, and a vertical lift alternative to a drawbridge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAST GO ROUND by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

Kesey (Sailor Song 1992, etc.) has written a historical western that amusingly mixes fact and fiction to tell the politically correct story of a multiracial trio of cowboys who achieve a state of spiritual harmony that transcends cultural differences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"This flaw notwithstanding, fine fare for young history buffs. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
From April 3 through April 9, 1865, the last important battles of the Civil War were fought as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fled from Petersburg and Richmond, followed closely by the Army of the Potomac, which trapped them at Appomattox. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR GOOD MEASURE by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEDS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, illustrated by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH, BROTHER! by Ken Stark
by Ken Stark, illustrated by Ken Stark
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A chewy contribution that ought to turn the heads of a few young readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stark and his brother Phil make the most of their straitened circumstances in this memoir of growing up in the Midwest during the 1950s. Read full book review >