Search Results: "Ken Laidlaw"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AMAZING I SPY ABC by Ken Laidlaw
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's an alphabetic Where's Waldo? in these pages, without the peppermint-striped shirt to tip children off. (Picture book. 3+)"
The Amazing I Spy ABC ($12.99; Sept. 1996; 44 pp.; 0-8037-1992-2): Adults will need to grab their eyeglasses when sharing this game-in-a-book version of I Spy with children: Good vision is mandatory. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"Haute. (Line drawings throughout.)"
From the owner-chef at L.A.'s La Toque restaurant, a selection of recipes for food that the publishers describe, accurately enough, as fresh and sophisticated American-French cuisine. Read full book review >

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5 ELEPHANTS by Rob Laidlaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A worthy book that encourages ethical thinking about elephants. (resources, glossary, bibliography, index, image credits) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A primer on elephants and a plea to help them. Read full book review >

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THE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 11, 2014

"A satisfying mystery peopled with characters readers will be happy they've come to know. (Mystery. 12-18)"
This absorbing mystery might or might not be paranormal, but it's certainly constantly interesting. Read full book review >

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CAT CHAMPIONS by Rob Laidlaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"The straightforward message, good examples and plentiful resources may well combine to inspire new advocates. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
As he did in No Shelter Here (2012), Laidlaw offers a brief history and basic details about a particular kind of companion animal (in this case, cats) and recognizes individuals and organizations who advocate and care for them. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD FORCE by Marc Laidlaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Beautifully composed and full of high-level concepts (such as a virtual library and binoculars that allow one to look upon the future), but weighed down, in the end, by a plot that is strictly Buck Rogers."
Doomsday tale suggested by a CD-ROM game called Gadget, by the author of Kalifornia (1993) and The 37th Mandala, published earlier this year. Read full book review >

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FIFTEEN LANES by S.J. Laidlaw
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"Full of complicated characters from across Mumbai's social classes, the novel challenges readers' expectations. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Noor has called a brothel home all her life. Read full book review >

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WILD ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY by Rob Laidlaw
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2008

"This eye-opening look at zoo issues will strike a chord with readers and would be a useful addition to most collections. (glossary, index, list of animal-welfare organizations) (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
A caged lion pacing back and forth on a worn path and dolphins swimming in unending circles are captive animals exhibiting "stereotypies," or repetitive abnormal behaviors. Read full book review >

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THE 37TH MANDALA by Marc Laidlaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 1996

"Deserves high marks indeed—and those mandalas cry out for celluloid computerization."
Blending outrÇ-dimensional, drooly-tentacled, Lovecraftian slipslop weirdness with Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters, Laidlaw (Kalifornia, 1993, etc.) lays out a work far more fine- grained than Heinlein's and nearly as compelling as Lovecraft's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"A worthy overview that may well inspire readers to become 'Dog Champions.' (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An informative and visually varied introduction to problems affecting dogs worldwide. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHID EATER by Marc Laidlaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 1994

"Not heartwarming."
Another well-written but depressing dystopian thriller by Laidlaw (Kalifornia, 1992; Dad's Nuke, 1985). Read full book review >

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KALIFORNIA by Marc Laidlaw
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

From the author of Dad's Nuke (1985), an in-jokey, cyberpunkish glimpse of a near-future West Coast, wherein everybody is ``wired'' with artificial nerves and thus able to receive full sensory experiences—including commercials—from those few rigged to ``wirecast''; the latter are, of course, the stars of Laidlaw's TV-gone-mad world. Read full book review >