Search Results: "Lucy Hawking"


BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BIG BANG by Lucy Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND THE BLUE MOON  by Stephen Hawking
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Will likely sell well, as usual—but also as usual, the essays and the storyline are aimed at different audiences. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and Annie again tackle "crazy squillionaire" Alioth Merak as the megalomaniac takes another stab at dominating the world (and beyond). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"This will sell."
Superstar physicist Hawking—whose A Brief History of Time (1988) is ensconsed in the Guinness Book of Records for having had the longest bestseller-run in English-language history—returns with 11 essays and one interview, covering matters autobiographical, scientific, and philosophical. Read full book review >

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MY BRIEF HISTORY by Stephen Hawking
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Hawking's candid explanation of how his ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes have evolved ends with intriguing hints on the current direction of his thinking."
Hawking (co-author: The Grand Design, 2010 etc.) briefly examines his life and his well-earned celebrity status—"partly because scientists, apart from Einstein, are not widely known rock stars, and partly because I fit the stereotype of a disabled genius." Read full book review >

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MAISY'S DIGGER by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A pleasant introduction to basic story structure. (Board book. 2-3)"
Maisy and her pals create a pond. Read full book review >

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MAISY PLAYS SOCCER by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Goooooooooal! (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did for fairy tales in Yummy (2009), Cousins distills the world's most popular sport down to its most essential elements for the small fry. Read full book review >

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MAISY’S NATURE WALK by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

Maisy greets the arrival of spring with a jaunt through the countryside. Read full book review >

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MAISY, CHARLEY, AND THE WOBBLY TOOTH by Lucy Cousins
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"A cheerful introduction to dentistry that's the perfect prescription for worried tots. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Maisy and her entourage soothe a friend's anxieties about the dentist's office. Read full book review >