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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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BLUE BEL AIR by Brett Laidlaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Occasionally lively, but more often terminally introspective: a sequel that milks its situation dry, and unfortunately the rustlings in the husk suggest that the last has not been heard from the baffled Bryce Fraser."
Young love, an old car, and the secret desire that can never be articulated—at least not in the American Midwest—are the highlights of this precious, ponderous summer romance featuring a marginal mÇnage Ö trois, the lesser sequel to Laidlaw's debut, Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth (1988). 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 >